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A father and son duo from Hong Kong flew over to Singapore and in just two days, conned four local watch shops of S$18,900.
The 50-year-old father and his 33-year-old son had flown to Singapore on Feb 15, 2017, bringing with them many imitation watches purchased from Japan and Hong Kong, which they sold to the shops as genuine products.
Once the two touched down in Singapore, they scoured the island for shops which they could target, reports Shin Min Daily News via Lianhe Zaobao.
The two suspects even set up a WhatsApp chat group, on which an accomplice shared the price list of luxury watches, as well as the starring quotations by the various shops.
They then put their plans into action on the noon of Feb 15.
In one instance, the younger suspect claimed that he was a tourist who had lost all his money at the casino and needed to pawn off his watches to raise money so he could gamble again.
Believing him, the store keeper forked out S$5,400 for the two imitation watches.
Within two days, the conmen duo struck four shops located between People's Park Complex Mall, The Bencoolen, and Lucky Plaza respectively.
They sold six watches, and raked in a total of S$18,900.
Two of the shops later found out that that they had been cheated, and lodged a police report, exposing the two’s misdeeds.
The two suspects were charged with of four counts of cheating, and the prosecution asked for a heavier sentence, citing that the two had deliberately flown to Singapore for the purpose of cheating.
Ultimately, the judge sentenced both suspects to 14 months jail.