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Serial cheat 'paid' for religious artwork, baby strollers and laptops with dud cheques

Published on Jul 23, 2014 1:15 PM
 
Jobless Mohamed Amir Mohamed Tafel, 31, is believed to have sold off some of the goods, worth thousands, and pocketed the proceeds. -- ST GRAPHIC

SINGAPORE - From religious artwork to baby strollers, laptops and even the lease for an apartment in Tanjong Katong, a serial cheat paid his victims for a wide variety of items using cheques his bank accounts did not have the funds to honour.

Jobless Mohamed Amir Mohamed Tafel, 31, is believed to have sold off some of the goods, worth thousands, and pocketed the proceeds.

On Wednesday, he was sentenced to 40 months in prison after pleading guilty to 14 charges against him. Besides cheating with the dud cheques and unrelated drug and criminal breach of trust offences, these also included that for unlawful possession of a knuckle duster, which resulted in six strokes of the cane. Some 28 other assorted charges, also arising from crimes he committed between Feb 2012 and March this year, were taken into consideration.

A district court heard that the total value of losses involved in Mohamed Amir's crimes amounted to $12,417.20, most of which has not been recovered.

 
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