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'I had trusted him as a friend': Elderly man who lost savings to volunteer

Thief seemed to be an 'upright person' and was helpful to folk at senior activity centre

Published on Jun 15, 2014 8:28 AM

The 80-year-old man cheated of his life savings by a volunteer from a senior activity centre said he handed over his ATM card because he considered the man to be a friend.

"I trusted him as a friend because he has been around the centre for the last seven years and often helped us buy lunch or snacks," said Mr Sai Bee Cheng in Mandarin. His savings were wiped out after he entrusted 50-year-old Gay Chin Yin with his bank card.

"He seemed to be an upright person and I didn't suspect anything," said Mr Sai, who can be found at Sunlove Senior Activity Centre in Marsiling every morning.

On Friday, Gay was sentenced to 42 weeks in jail for stealing a total of $24,520 from Mr Sai's savings account, leaving only $2.69 behind.

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