Five charged with cheating HDB residents

They are said to have posed as town council contractors collecting deposit for repair works

Ng Huay Yin (right) and Ooi Chong Hee allegedly told a 76-year-old resident they were town council contractors.
Ng Huay Yin (above) and Ooi Chong Hee allegedly told a 76-year-old resident they were town council contractors.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

Five Malaysians from a renovation company who allegedly claimed to be HDB or town council contractors were charged yesterday with duping residents into giving them deposits for repair works.

The five - from Shinden General Contractor - each face between two and five charges involving sums of $300 to $830.

Khaw Ee Leong, 27, allegedly cheated a Potong Pasir resident of $200 on April 8 last year.

A second charge accuses him of scheming with Chong Sin Yu, 33, to cheat residents of Block 12, Lorong 7 Toa Payoh, and inducing a 64-year-old man into delivering $200 to Chong on May 9 last year.

Chong's five charges involve a total of $830. He is accused of also conspiring to cheat residents in Yishun Street 11 and Jalan Batu, as well as deceiving two women into giving him $10 and $200 respectively.

Ooi Chong Hee, 38, and Ng Huay Yin, 42, allegedly conspired to cheat a 76-year-old resident of Block 263, Waterloo Street, into believing that they were both contractors of the town council and inducing her to give $450 to Ng as deposit for repair works on Nov 14 last year.

Ooi is also said to have conned a resident in Hougang Street 11 into believing that the HDB would be changing a kitchen pipe and inducing her to hand over $300. He is also accused of deceiving another person of $200.

Phua Kok Seong, 26, is said to have conspired to cheat residents in Potong Pasir Avenue 1 and Serangoon Central.

He allegedly induced a 78-year-old man and a 59-year-old woman into giving him $300 each.

Khaw's case is fixed for a pre-trial conference on Aug 12 ,while the others will be back on July 30.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 17, 2015, with the headline 'Five charged with cheating HDB residents'. Print Edition | Subscribe