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Malaysian trio, charged with cheating in a scratch-and-win lottery scam, jump bail

Three Malaysian men, charged with abetting in a conspiracy to cheat two women in a scratch-and-win lottery scam, failed to appear at a court hearing on Friday.

Warrants of arrest were issued for Gan Ee Sing, 47, Lee Hao Yi and Tay Chee Boon, both 23. They were to stand trial for allegedly working with a fourth unknown person to dupe up to seven Singaporean women into believing that they had to pay between $6,750 and $12,700 as "GST" for a car they purportedly won.

They had pleaded guilty on Jan 15 but retracted their guilty pleas when they were to be sentenced on Feb 13 claiming that they had been hoodwinked by the prosecutor.

Lawyer Ismail Hamid, who was to represent Lee and Tay, said that he last saw them when the case was mentioned on March 15. They were to come to his office several days later to discuss the matter but did not appear.

Two weeks ago, he said that Mr Zaminder Singh Gill, who was acting for Gan, told him that the trio had checked out of their hotel and their whereabouts were unknown.

The maximum penalty for cheating is three years in jail and a $10,000 fine per charge.