She's a victim too
She maintained her innocence and claimed to be a victim herself.
Madam Boo Sok Hiang, 69, one of two woman accused of cheating Mr Tan Soy Kiang of $400,000 over 15 years, claimed that she had been paying an average of $200 monthly for 10 years to the other woman, Madam Tan Hwee Ngo, 65.
Speaking on her behalf, her son who gave his name only as Mr Teo, 48, said Madam Tan had advised Madam Boo, a retired cleaner, to join an association that helped the needy elderly more than a decade ago.
The restaurant chef said his mother, who had paid $390 to join the association, suspected something was amiss after a few months when she didn't receive any help from the association.
Mr Teo, who spoke to The New Paper at their three-room flat in Kim Keat, added that Madam Tan told his mother the association had closed after someone absconded with its money, and they needed to engage a lawyer to get a share of the money.
This was how Madam Boo ended up giving money to Madam Tan for the next 10 years, he claimed.
Mr Teo said: "My mother would give $100 or $200 each time. She resorted to pawning her jewellery."
When his mother ran out of money, Mr Teo claimed that Madam Tan asked Madam Boo to approach her good friend, Mr Tan, for help.
Mr Teo claimed that Madam Tan told Mr Tan: "If you help her to pay the lawyer's fees, if the lawyer wins the case, you can also share in the compensation."
And Mr Tan willingly gave his mother the money, Mr Teo claimed.
Through the years, Madam Tan would ask for money from his mother and she would then get it from Mr Tan and hand it to Madam Tan, he added.
Mr Teo also claimed that Mr Tan's niece, Ms Pamela Lim, 39, made his mother sign an agreement under duress last February to repay Mr Tan. He said his mother made a police report on Sunday against Ms Lim and showed a copy of the report to TNP.
Madam Tan could not be reached last night to respond to Madam Boo's allegations about her while Ms Lim said Madam Boo's claims were untrue.
- CHAI HUNG YIN