Man allegedly conned more than 30 cabbies of up to $50 each

SINGAPORE - A 42-year-old man was charged in court on Friday with cheating a taxi driver of $45.

At about 1.40pm on May 30, Muhammad Farib Hassan, allegedly told taxi driver Loh Kim Swee that he was short of cash to pay for his food at the Haig Road Food Market.

Believing Farib, Mr Loh passed him $45 and Farib allegedly made off with the money.

In a news release on Thursday, the police said Farib is believed to have cheated more than 30 taxi drivers in a similar way since May.

Police believe he either booked or flagged down the taxis,and directed them to stop at a food centre. It is believed that he would ask to borrow between $30 and $50 from the cabbies, claiming that he did not have enough money to pay for his food.

Police believe he would then abscond with the money, without paying the fare, too.

He was arrested at Blk 180C Marsiling Road on Wednesday, after officers from Bedok Police Division established his identity, through ground enquiries and follow-up investigations.

More charges may be pressed against Farib, who has been remanded.

The case will be heard in court again next Friday.

The penalty for cheating is jail of up to 10 years. Offenders are also liable to a fine.