03 Aug '11, 11pm

Man jailed for swapping diamonds with crystals

SINGAPORE: A former sales manager who visited jewellery shops and swapped five genuine diamonds with look-alike crystals was jailed for a year on Wednesday. Loh Han Kok (picture), 39, targeted five different stores last year and stole more than S$63,000 worth of diamonds. He pleaded guilty to three charges, while four others were taken into consideration during sentencing. Loh used to work in the jewellery industry before he decided to dabble in multi-level marketing. But he did badly and racked up large credit card bills instead. The court heard that Loh stole the most expensive diamond, valued at nearly S$33,000, from a Lee Hwa Jewellery outlet at Causeway Point shopping centre in Woodlands. He visited the store on December 2 and asked to view the 1.5-carat gemstone. A customer service executive took it out and placed the diamond on a tray so that Loh could examine it un...

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