SINGAPORE - A former salesman of AIBI International who ran his own used gym equipment business paid more than $30,000 to three AIBI staff for stolen gym equipment.
Ermin Woon Zhiming would post the equipment for sale on Carousell and Facebook at 50 to 60 per cent below market prices.
On Tuesday (May 16), the 34-year-old, who was running Home Fitness, was sentenced to 12 months' jail after admitting to five of 13 charges of dishonestly receiving stolen property in 2015.
Three co-accused - Suhaime Jamin, 49, a former technician with AIBI, Iskandar Kamsan, 30, then a driver, and Suhaime's nephew, Muhammad Sairilpaezel Mohd Pungot, 30, then a technician - have been dealt with.
A district court heard that after Woon left AIBI in 2015, he contacted Sairilpaezel if he had "anything" for him - referring to AIBI machines.
From September onwards, Sairilpaezel and his uncle, Suhaime, would look out for AIBI machines at the AIBI warehouse in Yishun Industrial Park A to sell to Woon.
The duo would steal the equipment and hide it behind a shutter on the first floor of the warehouse.
When Suhaime finished work, he and his nephew would load the equipment onto a company lorry and drive to Old Choa Chu Kang Road to deliver the gym equipment to Woon.
In late October that year, when Suhaimi was no longer able to help his nephew as he was no longer working for AIBI, Sairilpaezel got Iskandar in to steal and load the equipment onto a van.
Sairilpaezel had told Woon that all the gym equipment sold to him had been stolen from AIBI's warehouse. Woon would pay $100 to $340 for each piece of equipment delivered to him.
Woon knowingly received stolen AIBI gym equipment worth $37,866 from the three men. Eleven pieces of AIBI equipment, such as treadmills and cross trainers, worth $17,703 had been recovered from the warehouse under Woon's control. recovered
His lawyer Anil Singh said in mitigation that Woon was a volunteer with Teen Challenge where he had resided for two years and Club Rainbow.
Woon, he said, donated half of his net profits to Teen Challenge, and was a "charitable'' person by nature.
He also said his client did not instigate Sairilpaezel to steal but had asked the latter to keep a look-out for used equipment. But Sairilpaezel, on his own, stole the new equipment.
Woon, who will start his sentence on June 6, had previous convictions for theft and cheating. He could have been jailed for up to five years and/or fined for each charge of receiving stolen property.