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Two men jailed and ordered to be caned for extortion over fake escort service

Published on May 30, 2014 6:38 PM
 
Two men, Easudas Jason (pictured) and Saravanan Uthasverian, were on Friday, May 30, 2014, sentenced to jail terms and caning over a conspiracy to extort money from victims, using a fake online advertisement for social escort services. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

SINGAPORE - Two men were on Friday sentenced to jail terms and caning over a conspiracy to extort money from victims, using a fake online advertisement for social escort services.

Members of the conspiracy that Easudas Jason, 32, and Saravanan Uthasverian, 27 were involved in would pretend to be the father of the girl advertising her services, and a police officer.

When victims responded to the ads, Easudas or others would threaten to start police investigations and splash their cases in the newspapers. Fearing public embarrassment, the victims would transfer money to a bank account provided by Easudas. Saravanan's role was to withdraw money from the accounts.

After a nine-day trial, the two men were each convicted of three charges involving $7,650, but cleared of two others due to insufficient evidence. Easudas received five years in jail, one more than Saravanan, who had played a smaller role in the conspiracy.

 
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