17-year-old girl in blogshop scam sentenced to 36 months' probation

A 17-year-old girl who cheated 101 customers in a blogshop scam was on Friday sentenced to 36 months of probation. Hock Jing Er was also ordered to perform 240 hours of community service.

The court heard that between May and June last year, the girl received $10,827 in payment for items such as shoes, a camera and fashion accessories, which she advertised through a page she set up on social networking site Facebook.

She would then respond to queries and receive payment into her personal bank account. On June 20, the day the products were due for delivery, Hock deactivated the page and withdrew all the money from her bank account, which she then closed.

She pleaded guilty on Friday to 11 charges of cheating with 101 other charges taken into consideration. This included two separate charges for theft and unlawful assembly.

A 17-year-old female accomplice, who had pulled out of the scam on June 11, was earlier sentenced to 18 months probation.

The maximum penalty for the offence is 10 years in jail and a fine.