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Fitness trainer jailed for cheating client of $5,000

Published on Jun 20, 2014 4:33 PM
A fitness trainer who lied to his client that he needed $10,000 for his father's chemotherapy treatment was jailed for four months on Friday for cheating her of $5,000. -- PHOTO: ST GRAPHICS

SINGAPORE - A fitness trainer who duped his girlfriend out of $5,000 by claiming it was for his father's cancer treatment was jailed for four months yesterday.

Filipino Jason Mamangon Sangalang, 30, started dating Ms Michelle Joanne Hardie, 39, after they met at California Fitness Centre at Velocity@Novena Square, where she was his client.

In August 2012 he asked to borrow $10,000 from her to fund his father's hospital treatment in the Philippines. He did not tell her that his father was actually involved in a case of illegal possession and discharge of a firearm and needed money to pay for his legal fees.

He promised to repay her on a monthly basis and, out of pity, she agreed to lend him $5,000, the court heard.

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