31 Aug '11, 9am

Man jailed, caned for working for loansharks: He lost his job, his flat, and now he lost his freedom all because...

Lee Kim Boon, a father of three, was jailed three years on Aug 31 and ordered to be caned 15 times for misappropriating nearly $50,000 and on 10 counts of harassing debtors on the orders of a loanshark. -- PHOTO: ST FILE By Khushwant Singh He lost his job, his flat, and now he lost his freedom all because of gambling. Lee Kim Boon, a father of three, was jailed three years on Aug 31 and ordered to be caned 15 times for misappropriating nearly $50,000 and on 10 counts of harassing debtors on the orders of a loanshark. The district court heard that the 41-year-old sales assistant with Super Coffee Corporation was embarrassed that his wife, a logistics executive, was earning twice his $2,000 monthly salary. He resorted to gambling so as to boost his income but sank into debt instead. In late 2009, he misappropriated $26,918 worth of products from his employer; sold these off,...

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