Man jailed 14 months for cheating after more offences surfaced while awaiting sentence

Ronny Lee Jia Jie, 21, first pleaded guilty on April 12, 2018, to 16 counts of cheating.
Ronny Lee Jia Jie, 21, first pleaded guilty on April 12, 2018, to 16 counts of cheating.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

SINGAPORE - A full-time national serviceman, who admitted in court last year to multiple counts of cheating involving more $30,000, was awaiting his sentence when another victim lodged a police report against him.

Ronny Lee Jia Jie, 21, who has since completed his national service and is now working as a check-in agent for travellers, first pleaded guilty on April 12 last year to 16 counts of cheating.

He had then admitted cheating his victims, including telecommunications firm Singtel, between December 2014 and May 2017.

About a month later, Ms Evelyn Li Shuxian, 30, who sells toiletries online, alerted the police after he cheated her of more than $5,000.

He also attempted to cheat her of more than $15,000.

Lee later pleaded guilty to three additional cheating charges and one count of attempted cheating.

These four charges involved more than $20,000 and he was sentenced on Friday (Feb 8) to 14 months' jail.

 

In November 2014, Lee volunteered at a brisk walking event held by Nee Soon East Community Centre, where he was given a list of participants and their NRIC numbers for attendance marking.

He then used the list to make 49 mobile line applications on Singtel's website.

For each application, he would select more expensive mobile plans so he could obtain a bundled mobile phone for free or at heavily discounted prices.

Court documents revealed that Lee obtained at least three iPhone 6 Plus handsets for free under Singtel's most expensive monthly plan at that time.

He later cancelled 21 applications out of guilt before the phones were delivered, but went through with the other applications and obtained 28 phones worth $30,152 in total.

He sold nine of them to second-hand dealers and on online marketplace Carousell for a total of about $7,000.

Twelve of the unsold phones were recovered and returned to Singtel.

In March last year, he sent a message to Ms Li expressing his interest to be her "product distributor", said Deputy Public Prosecutor Cheng Yuxi.

Lee later ordered from Ms Li more than $5,000 worth of products and duped her into thinking that he had paid for them by showing her screenshots of purported bank transfers.

He also placed another order for $15,546 worth of toiletries and cosmetics last April but these products were not delivered to him.

Ms Li alerted the police on May 13 last year after realising that Lee had not transferred any money to her bank account.

In addition to this, Lee pretended to be a Mediacorp representative in November 2017 and duped a printing company employee into delivering to him 50 T-shirts worth more than $600 in total.

However, he failed to pay for the products.

Lee is represented by lawyers Josephus Tan and Cory Wong from Invictus Law Corporation who stated in their mitigation plea that their client is remorseful.

They also said he has made full restitution to his victims.

For each count of cheating, he could have been jailed for up to 10 years and fined.