Con woman who duped 76 victims of $2.7m given 6 ½ years' corrective training

Annie Sahlawaty Mohd Salleh was given 6½ years of corrective training for cheating 76 people out of $2.7 million. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Even while she was on bail, Annie Sahlawaty Mohd Salleh, continued to deceive people into investing in the many schemes she had cooked up.

For four years and five months, Annie employed a variety of methods to dupe 76 people of $2.7 million, a court heard.

On Tuesday (Nov 8), the 43-year-old was given 6½ years of corrective training after she pleaded guilty to 20 out of 167 charges.

The charges include cheating, fraudulent trading and using a forged court document.

A district court heard that on Oct 9, 2012, Annie offered one victim a fictitious wine investment plan that could purportedly yield a high profit return. The victim was cheated into giving Annie $44,400.

Between Nov 2012 and Jan 2013, Annie introduced the non-existent investment plan to two other victims, who gave her $149,500 in total.

On March 21, 2014, Annie also introduced another victim to a fictitious investment scheme with "Merrill Lynch".

She promised returns of 1.5 times the amount invested and the victim gave her $25,000.

On April 23 last year, Annie showed another victim some forged documents purportedly issued by the Supreme Court and the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

The documents falsely stated that the Supreme Court had processed the recovery of $47,000 from the victim's previous investments in overseas properties and that he needed to pay $9,400 as a security holding to recover the $47,000. The victim passed Annie $9,400.

In asking for seven years' of corrective training, Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Joshua Lai said: "Even after Annie was called up for investigations in 2013 for offences committed from 2011, and subsequently released on police station bail on March 25, 2013, she audaciously continued unabated her spree of deception on the public and committed a further 86 offences.

"Her cheating spree only finally halted when she was charged on Aug 15, 2015 and remanded for investigations with her last offence committed on Aug 6, 2015."

The DPP added that Annie had started her spree of fraud from Feb 2011, barely one year after her release from prison on May 10, 2010 for her previous spate of offences.

In Jan 2009, Annie was given two years' jail for theft, forgery and cheating. She had been fined for criminal breach of trust and theft three years earlier.

Corrective training is a tough regime for repeat offenders with no remission for good behaviour.

Annie has paid back $51,206 of the $2,709,518.63 that she cheated from her 76 victims.

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