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The accomplice of the student who bought S$500,000 worth of NTUC vouchers with a dishonoured cheque has been sentenced to six months and two weeks' jail. 24-year-old Tan Tuan Lue admitted to cheating NTUC FairPrice Co-operative Ltd in November 2011 of S$500,000 worth of vouchers.
SINGAPORE: The accomplice of the student who bought S$500,000 worth of NTUC vouchers with a dishonoured cheque has been sentenced to six months and two weeks' jail.
24-year-old Tan Tuan Lue admitted to cheating NTUC Fairprice Co-operative Ltd in November 2011 of S$500,000 worth of vouchers.
He committed the offences in November 2011 with 20-year-old Hakim Leong.
Leong was sentenced to eight months and two weeks' jail in June this year.
Leong, who was a student at the time of the offence, opened a "company account" with S$500 and was issued a cheque book.
Then Leong pretended to set up a company called "Miraclevents" and asked Modetti Office Services in early November 2011 to help incorporate his firm.
In doing so, he cheated Modetti into providing office services valued at S$697.
Then in mid-November (2011), Leong approached NTUC FairPrice to buy its vouchers.
Together with Tan, he issued NTUC FairPrice a cheque, knowing they could not pay the S$500,000.
The pair went on to buy liquor and cigarettes, among other things, and resold some items for cash.
Leong also went online to exchange S$1,000 NTUC vouchers with CapitaMall vouchers of the same value.
In pleading for leniency, Tan's defence lawyer Gregory Ong said his client's culpability is lesser than that of Leong.
He indicated that Leong was the mastermind, noting that Leong had written and signed the cheques.
Tan, Mr Ong said, was not involved in this aspect.
For the cheating-related offences, Tan could have been jailed between three and 10 years and fined.
For converting the NTUC vouchers into CapitaMall vouchers, he could have been jailed a maximum of seven years and fined S$500,000.