SINGAPORE - A legally trained woman was fined $2,000 on Friday (Nov 25) for directly preparing a notice of appeal on behalf of a car trader in expectation of a gain when she was an unauthorised person under the Legal Profession Act.
Lydiawaty Ab Rahman, 32, a local law graduate with a Master of Laws from Queen's University in Canada, had prepared the document for a car trader. In return, she wanted him to give her a discount on a car she wanted to buy.
Lydiawaty was running her own company, Alphamov Consultancy, in 2013 when she prepared a document for an appeal proceedings before the Competition Appeal Board for Mr Pang Yok Suang of Pang's Motor Trading.
Mr Pang was appealing a financial penalty of $50,733 imposed on Pang's Motor Trading imposed in March 2013 by the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS).
Deputy Public Prosecutor Nicholas Khoo told the court that Mr Pang's company and 11 other motor vehicle traders had engaged in bid rigging at auctions of motor vehicles.
In August 2013, Lydiawaty contacted Mr Pang and said she was a lawyer working in OCBC, was an expert in commercial law, and could help him with his CCS case.
She agreed to help him draft the notice of appeal for free, but was looking for a discount from Mr Pang for a car she wished to buy for her birthday.
On Sept 7, 2013, she emailed Mr Pang listing out the five cars she was interested in and discounts she expected, ranging from $10,688 to $24,000.
Both could not agree on the discount for any of the proposed cars. She later sent him an "invoice'' for $47,094 for services rendered. She also included in the invoice that all late payments were subject to a late payment premium of 10 per cent per day.
When Mr Pang did not pay the amount, she sent him an "Invoice and Final Reminder'' in August 2014 for $1.46 million in outstanding fees and interest on late payment.
When Mr Pang again did not pay, she hired two licensed debt collection companies to harass him into paying up.
She also took out bankruptcy proceedings against Mr Pang, who managed to set it aside through his lawyer. Lydiawaty was ordered to pay $2,700 costs to Mr Pang, who has not received a single cent. The matter was eventually referred to the Law Society.
Meanwhile, Lydiawaty had been tried in a separate case of causing hurt, using criminal force, threatening and cutting a then 19-year-old girl's forearm with a knife twice at her (accused's) apartment at Jalan Novena Barat on Feb 10, 2014. A verdict is expected on Jan 6.