Man exploited fears amid Covid-19 pandemic, cheated victims on the lookout for masks of $2k, Latest Singapore News


It was the worst of occasions within the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic in Singapore in 2020 and masks had been onerous to come back by, however for Mohammad Zulhilmi Arif, it was one of the best time to use fears.

The 23-year-old claimed he had masks on the market and took cost from these determined for them. But he by no means delivered any, and cheated a number of victims of $2,302.50 in complete.

On Wednesday (Jan 19), the Singaporean was sentenced to 14 weeks’ jail after pleading responsible to a few counts of dishonest involving three victims who had been duped of $1,515 in complete.

He additionally admitted to 1 depend of taking $1,700 of his ill-gotten beneficial properties out of Singapore.

Four different dishonest expenses linked to the remaining sum had been thought-about throughout sentencing.

All the victims misplaced between $22.50 and $750.

Zulhilmi was working an account on on-line market Carousell, underneath the username “Xaviertan556”, on the time of the offences, mentioned Deputy Public Prosecutor Benjamin Samynathan.

On Feb 21, 2020, he created an inventory on the platform, claiming to have masks on the market at $15 per field of fifty items.

A 41-year-old man contacted Zulhilmi through messaging platform WhatsApp later that day and after negotiating, determined to purchase 300 bins for $3,750.

He then transferred a 20 per cent deposit through PayNow to an account belonging to Zulhilmi, who claimed he might ship the masks on Feb 24.

The sufferer requested that the masks be delivered to an organization in Pandan Crescent, the place an worker would pay the remaining sum.

But Zulhilmi failed to show up as promised.

The DPP mentioned: “Unknown to (the sufferer), the accused didn’t have 300 bins of face masks accessible on the market and didn’t have the intention to ship any face masks to (him).

The court docket heard that Zulhilmi used the same technique to cheat the opposite victims.

The identical day he created the itemizing, he withdrew $1,700 of the ill-gotten beneficial properties and took the quantity to Batam, Indonesia.

He was arrested when he returned to Singapore on Dec 3 final 12 months.

The prosecutor informed the court docket: “During investigations, the accused defined that he had gone to Batam with a purpose to be along with his girlfriend… who was pregnant along with his little one.

“He claimed to have spent the cash of $1,700 on his girlfriend’s pregnancy and on their marriage.”

Zulhilmi didn’t make restitution to his victims and court docket paperwork didn’t disclose what occurred to the remaining sum.

For every depend of dishonest, an offender may be jailed for as much as 10 years and fined.

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