Other cases of cheating the elderly
Four men, aged between 48 and 53, allegedly cheated an elderly woman of $10,000 by convincing her to buy capacitors at cost price. They were uncontactable after getting the money. The four have been charged in court for cheating.
Former cleaner Jumahri Suriman conned an 82-year-old widow of $200 and stole her $300 mobile phone. Investigations revealed that Jumahri, then 56, had been cheating Malay senior citizens and pocketed $2,298 from seven victims. He was sentenced to 11 months' jail.
A 70-year-old woman was tricked into investing $10,000 in gold coins. Two crooks, Yap Bun Kwong, 66, and Mohamed Sarip Ejang, 72, were jailed three months each. Two others are still at large.
OCTOBER 2009 TO OCTOBER 2011:
A sales executive of a jewellery store cheated an elderly retiree and a regular customer of $2.3 million. He was jailed six years on 12 charges of cheating, with the remaining 25 charges taken into consideration during sentencing.