08 Jul '11, 7am

Man jailed for faking his own kidnapping to cheat colleague

SINGAPORE: A funeral assistant was jailed 24 weeks for faking his own kidnapping in the Philippines and deceiving his colleague into transferring more than S$4,500 for his supposed ransom. 32-year-old Tay Beng Guan pleaded guilty to two counts of cheating. An additional charge was taken into consideration during sentencing. The bespectacled man committed the offences in Manila between August 30 and September 5 last year. Investigations revealed that Tay had left for Manila on August 28 last year to visit his girlfriend. He later gambled away more than S$1,500 at a casino and was approached by a local who suggested the kidnapping ruse. Tay agreed to be part of it and chose to cheat his colleague, 53-year-old Simon Koh, as he knew Koh had some savings. On August 30, Tay sent a text message to inform Koh, who was in Singapore, that he had been kidnapped in the Philippines and...

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