Probation for third man involved in Jay Chou concert ticket scam

Taiwanese superstar Jay Chou performing at the live show, The Invincible Jay Chou Concert Tour, at the National Stadium on Sept 3, 2016.
Taiwanese superstar Jay Chou performing at the live show, The Invincible Jay Chou Concert Tour, at the National Stadium on Sept 3, 2016.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A third man was given probation on Monday (March 6) for his role in a scam involving fake Jay Chou concert tickets.

Koh Boon Hwee, 22, who is awaiting enrolment in an overseas university, was sentenced to 18 months of probation after pleading guilty to a cheating charge involving $700.

He must also perform 120 hours of community service.

His co-conspirators, tertiary students Walden Lee Guo Quan and Ang Teck Wee, who are both 23 old now, were dealt with in court last Thursday.

They were each sentenced to 21 months' probation and have to perform 180 hours of community service.

Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Vadivalagan Shanmuga said Lee had original tickets for the concert held on Sept 3, last year.

When he realised response to the event was overwhelming, he hatched a plan to cheat others and roped in Ang.

Lee later sent him images of the original tickets and Ang used his computer to create the bogus copies.

The two men then put them for sale on online marketplace Carousell - each under his own account.

 

Between March and May last year, Lee and Ang worked together to cheat 11 people.

On May 10, Koh overheard the pair talking about the scam and wanted to be part of it.

He created an account on online marketplace Carousell and posted an advertisement, saying that he too had Jay Chou concert tickets for sale.

His victim, Ms Png Zhongyou, 24, contacted him later that month to buy two of them for $700.

DPP Vadivalagan said: "However, once he got (her) to confirm his meet up with her to pass her the fake tickets and to collect the payment from her, he had cold feet."

Koh asked Ang to complete the transaction.

Ang met Ms Png at Commonwealth MRT station and gave her the bogus tickets in exchange for $700.

She realised she had been duped only when she turned up at the Sports Hub on Sept 3 last year and was not allowed to enter the concert venue.

Ms Png was one of the 11 people Lee and Ang cheated of a total of $7,670.

Each victim was duped of between $350 and $800.

On Feb 1, Lee, who studies at the Singapore Institute of Management, pleaded guilty to three charges involving $2,350.

Ang, who is from Nanyang Technological University, admitted to two charges involving $1,440.

Four of Lee's cheating charges and two of Ang's were taken into consideration during sentencing.

For cheating, Koh could have been jailed up to three years and fined.