Woman in $133K cheating case gets four months, husband to be sentenced later

SINGAPORE - A woman who together with her husband issued dud cheques totalling about $133,000 was sentenced to four months' jail on Tuesday.

Husniyati Omar, 38, and Aszrul Mohd Yusoff, 35, pleaded guilty to two and three charges of cheating, respectively.

Both had 11 charges of cheating each, but the husband had an additional charge of misappropriating $2,807.

A district court heard that in December 2012, the coupled shopped at a bag sale at Jalan Pemimpin.

They bought branded bags - one Louis Vuitton, two Kate Spade and a Coach - worth $1,339 and paid with a cheque they knew would be dishonoured because there was insufficient funds in the bank account.

They subsequently sold the bags off for cash. Investigations showed that from January to March 2013, they also entered into negotiations with various owners of food stalls with the intention to take over the running of the stalls.

After the parties had reached an agreement, the couple would issue dud cheques to the owners of these food stalls as takeover fees. The fees ranged from $18,000 to $45,000.

They would then take over the food stalls and operate the businesses, collecting the proceeds from the daily sales and give various excuses to buy time for their dud cheques.

They would then give various excuses to buy time.

The court heard that they would also order food and ingredients from suppliers and pay them using dud cheques. When confronted by the suppliers, the couple would disappear and move on to take over a food stall elsewhere.

Husniyati, who is expecting her sixth child, was allowed to defer sentence until Monday while Aszrul will be sentenced on June 29.

The maximum penalty for cheating is 10 years' jail and a fine on each charge.

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