Two jailed for abetting to commit CBT of $165,000 worth of computer goods

Two men were each sentenced to 18 months' jail on Friday for abetment by conspiracy to commit criminal breach of trust of $165,000 worth of computer accessories and electronic goods.
Two men were each sentenced to 18 months' jail on Friday for abetment by conspiracy to commit criminal breach of trust of $165,000 worth of computer accessories and electronic goods.PHOTO: ST GRAPHICS

SINGAPORE -Two men were each sentenced to 18 months' jail on Friday for abetment by conspiracy to commit criminal breach of trust of $165,000 worth of computer accessories and electronic goods.

Chang Zhijie, 30, and Raymond Yeo Chwee Seng, 35, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to misappropriate property from Cybermind Computer House at Sim Lim Square as well as a charge under the Corruption, Drug TraffickingSerious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) involving $80,000.

Between March 1, 2013 and Feb 14 last year, Chang was working at the shop as a retail manager when he stole goods totalling $165,230.

Yeo was running his own online business selling computer-related items then.

The court heard that the two, who had been friends since 2008, engaged in a conspiracy some time around March 2013 to misappropriate computer accessories and electronic goods from the shop.

Yeo would contact Chang in advance to specify items by packing them into either plastic bags or trolleys, depending on the size ad quantity of the items.

Yeo would then come to the shop to take the plastic bags away, or Chang would push the trolley to the basement carpark of the building where Yeo would be waiting in a vehicle.

No payment would be made for the items taken. Chang would either not process the items or feign billing Yeo for the items by scanning the barcodes and deleting the entries from Cybermind's system after that.

To cover their tracks, Chang would at times manipulate Cybermind's records by overstating the number of items in the shop's inventory, to account for missing items.

The pair carried out the conspiracy two to three times a week.

Yeo would sell the items through his online business and give Chang 60 per cent of the proceeds.

He would usually pay Chang his share on a monthly basis. Chang received about $5,000 to $8,000 a month from Yeo.

In total, between March 1, 2013 and Feb 14 last year, Chang received $80,000 worth of cash from Yeo, representing the benefits of his criminal conduct.

Full restitution has been made.

They could have been jailed for up to 15 years and fined for criminal breach of trust. The maximum penalty for the other offence is a $500,000 fine and 10 years' jail.