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Man steals life savings of 80-year-old who gave him his ATM card; jailed 42 weeks

Published on Jun 13, 2014 1:12 PM
 
Taking advantage of an elderly man's poor eyesight, Gay Chin Yin "returned" the 80-year-old a fake bank card after helping him to withdraw money from an ATM. Using the real one, he withdrew more than $20,000 over the next two months for himself - leaving only $2.69 of his victim's life savings in the account. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

SINGAPORE - Taking advantage of an elderly man's poor eyesight, Gay Chin Yin "returned" the 80-year-old a fake bank card after helping him to withdraw money from an ATM. Using the real one, he withdrew more than $20,000 over the next two months for himself - leaving only $2.69 of his victim's life savings in the account.

On Friday, Gay, 50, was sentenced to 42 weeks in jail for stealing $24,520 from Mr Sai Bee Cheng. He pleaded guilty to seven charges. Another 12 were taken into consideration.

A community court heard that Gay met Mr Sai while volunteering at the Sunlove Senior Activity Centre near the retiree's home in Marsiling. Then a commercial signboard artist, Gay would also help to clean the man's flat on an ad-hoc basis.

Last Aug 26, Mr Sai, whose age and heart condition prevents him from walking long distances, asked Gay to help him withdraw $500. He passed Gay his bank card and a slip of paper with his PIN number written on it. Gay did as asked, but also withdrew $300 for himself from the joint account his victim shared with his wife. He then returned the fake card to Mr Sai, who did not suspect anything was amiss.

 
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