Man jailed for stealing money from his girlfriend, cheating her father

A man who stole money from his girlfriend and cheated her father was jailed a total of 28 months on Friday for the offences. He had also misappropriated property belonging to his employer.

Former valuation officer Joshua Koh Kian Yong, 28, was out on police bail for cheating offences when he misappropriated IT goods and shopping vouchers amounting to $45,896 from Docu Connex while working as the assistant manager last year. He sold the goods for $25,000 and paid back $10,084 to the company which is in the business of selling photocopy machines.

Koh had admitted to two counts of cheating hawker assistant Yeung Hon Ming, 61, of $30,000 each, stealing HK$45,000 (S$7,241) from Ms Yeung Ting Ting, 25, and the criminal breach of trust charge.

A district court heard Mr Yeung met Koh when his daughter introduced him as her boyfriend in September 2009. While the couple were in a relationship, Koh lived with Ms Yeung and her father at their Toa Payoh flat.

In December 2010, Koh told Mr Yeung that his aunt was working as a trader and asked him to invest $30,000 to buy shares. The following month, he obtained another $30,000 from Mr Yeung purportedly to buy another lot of shares. He spent the money and no restitution was made.

He also stole the money from Ms Yeung's drawer on April 9, 2011. She made a police report in May 2011 that she, her father and one Jasmine Wong Ying Peng had transferred sums of money to Koh, who had not paid them back. The total loss caused by Koh's actions is $113,137. Six other charges were considered in sentencing.

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