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2 cheats jailed over $440k 'evil spirits' scams

Published on Jun 20, 2014 9:41 AM

TWO Chinese nationals who conned a pair of elderly women out of their life savings with tales of evil spirits and hospitalised children were jailed yesterday for a total of more than eight years.

Li Lianying, 50, and Li Peng, 45, had been part of a five-member group who came to Singapore specifically to prey on the old and vulnerable, a court heard. They cheated part-time cleaners Goh Kah Keow, 72, and Chua Peck Har, 66, out of around $440,000.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Vadi PVSS said the gang spotted Madam Goh alone at a bus stop near Roxy Square in East Coast Road on Nov 20 last year.

While Li Peng and a male accomplice stood at a distance, Li Lianying approached Madam Goh in tears. She claimed her daughter was in a Taiwan hospital with an incurable disease and asked if the victim knew a particular medium nearby who could help her.

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