SINGAPORE - Five men from a mobile phone shop in Sim Lim Square were charged in court with cheating on Thursday.
The boss of Gadget Terminal, Chung Choon Cheik, 33, a Malaysian, faces eight charges. Salesmen Wilson Lim Weisheng, 30, Justin Chew Chee Kin, 36, a Malaysian, Lin Facai, 32, and Tan Wei Ping, 40 , face between one and three charges each.
Chung, represented by Mr Peter Fernando, allegedly cheated customers of a total of $6,300 between October 2013 and September last year .
Seven of the charges accuse him of scheming with either Lim, Chew, Lin or Tan to cheat walk-in customers. The co-accused allegedly duped walk-in customers into believing that the phone or phones would be sold to them at a certain price which they knew to be false.
Lim allegedly conspired with Chung to cheat a customer of $3,600 as payment for three iPhones last Nov 9.
Chew is accused of abetment by conspiracy to cheat two customers of $300 and $1,000 in September and October last year.
The total amount involved in Lin's three charges is $800, while Tan faces a single charge of conspiracy to cheat a customer of $150.
Lim, Chew and Lin, who indicated that they intend to plead guilty, will return to court on Nov 12.
Tan faces further investigation for a separate series of cases at Sim Lim Square. Additional charges, if any, may be tendered at his next court appearance the same day.
Chung's case has been fixed for a pre-trial conference on Nov 19. He was offered $20,000 bail.
Lim's police bail has been extended while the others were offered $10,000 bail each. Their passports have been impounded.
Last week, four salesmen of the notorious Mobile Air phone shop were given between four and 14 months' jail each for conspiring with Mobile Air's owner Jover Chew to cheat customers.
The maximum punishment for cheating is 10 years' jail and a fine.