April 21, 2021

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Singapore court sentences Indian woman to six years in jail for cheating people of over Rs 3.31 crore

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A Singapore court sentenced an Indian woman to over six years in jail for cheating people of over Rs 3.31 crore or 6 lakh Singapore dollars.

Kaveena Jaya Kumar, 42, pleaded guilty for the offence on Monday. Deputy Public Prosecutor Tan Zhi Hao told the court that she had difficulty staying out of crime and had no qualms about reoffending.

According to local media reports, this is the third time Kaveena has been sent to jail in eight years for cheating. This time she scammed her victims of more than 900,000 Singapore dollars, the largest amount she has conned so far, the local media reports said.

Kaveena was last released in October 2015 but returned to cheating people in August 2016. Between 2016 and 2018, she cheated 95 victims of cash totalling more than 900,000 Singapore dollars.

She also admitted that she had misappropriated over 15,000 Singapore dollars which a woman had entrusted to her.

Another 154 cheating charges involving the remaining amount were taken into consideration during sentencing.

To earn some money after her release from prison in October 2015, Kaveena bought admission tickets to local attractions from a travel agency before reselling them on online marketplace Carousell.

Tan said that the profit she earned at the time was “marginal” so she decided to buy the tickets in bulk from travel agencies but not make any payment. She would then sell the tickets and keep the full amount received.

The court heard that she duped the travel agencies by handing over cheques from her personal bank account.

Kaveena, however, had no intention to honour these cheques.

She also fooled the companies by sending over screenshots of purported bank transfers scheduled for later dates.

She was caught and charged in court on December 3, 2016. She continued to reoffend after she was bailed out a week later.

Tan said, “As she ‘owed a lot of money’ and was unable to repay her debts, the accused decided to use her flower arrangement and events management business, The Royal Petals, as a front to perpetrate a flight ticket scam instead.”

In late 2017, she lied to her customers, claiming that she could obtain flight tickets at prices lower than those offered by travel agencies.

She duped them into paying her even though she had no cheap flight tickets to sell.

(With inputs from PTI)

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