Woman jailed for stealing colleague's credit cards and cheating

Lim Li Ting was sentenced to 15 months' jail after she pleaded guilty to 10 counts of cheating and one each of theft and computer misuse.
Lim Li Ting was sentenced to 15 months' jail after she pleaded guilty to 10 counts of cheating and one each of theft and computer misuse. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A woman stole her colleague's four credit cards on two occasions and used them to buy various items including health products and game credits.

Lim Li Ting was with ComfortDelGro at Sin Ming Drive when she stole the credit cards from Ms Leong Sen Kuang, 37, in November 2014.

About a month earlier, she had worked at Marina Bay Sands (MBS) casino as a levy counter officer when she copied a customer's credit card details on a piece of paper with the intention of using the details for her online shopping.

She faced a total of 69 charges involving $10,867.

On Monday (Nov 14), the 24-year-old was sentenced to 15 months' jail after she pleaded guilty to 10 counts of cheating and one each of theft and computer misuse.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Randeep Singh Koonar said Lim was on duty at MBS casino on Oct 22, 2014 when she copied the UOB Platinum card details of Ms Chan Lai Chun, 59, on a piece of paper before returning the card to her.

She used the card to buy multiple items on an online shopping platform for about a month.

Ms Chan discovered the fraudulent transactions when she received her credit card bill on Nov 12 that year. She called UOB to cancel the card that same day.

In the other case, the court heard that she was alone in ComfortDelGro office on Nov 12 the same year when she noticed that Ms Leong had left her wallet on her desk when she left with a colleague for a meeting.

She stole Ms Leong's OCBC card. Four days later, she was at home when she logged onto online game and social platform Garena website to buy $81 worth of online gaming credits. She then logged into her PayPal account and used the OCBC card details to pay.

On Nov 17, she put back Ms Leong's OCBC card into her wallet and took her Standard Chartered and two Citibank credit cards with the intention of buying more items.

DPP Randeep Singh said between Nov 12 and 18, Lim used the stolen credit cards to buy various items from a number of shops. On each occasion, she deceived the cashiers into believing that she was the rightful cardholder and induced them into accepting the cards for payment and delivering the items she wished to buy.

Ms Leong found out about the fraudulent transactions on Nov 17 that large transactions had been made on the card. She discovered that several of her credit cards were missing. She cancelled the cards, and also called Elken at Sims Lane where Lim had bought health products that her credit cards had been used fraudulently.

Lim was arrested on Nov 19.

DPP Randeep, who sought a sentence of 14 to 18 months' jail, said Lim's offences were pre-meditated. She abused her position and trust at MBS by misappropriating the credit card information, and had used the card on 49 occasions.

District Judge Lim Tse Haw, who backdated Lim's sentence to April 7, said it was clear a deterrent sentence was called for for credit card cheating.