Singaporean shop owner jailed 33 months for conning customers

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Pham Van Thoai, the Vietnamese tourist, cried as he begged a Mobile Air shop employees to give him his money back on Monday. Photo credit: LIANHE ZAOBAO Pham Van Thoai, the Vietnamese tourist, cried as he begged a Mobile Air shop employees to give him his money back on Monday. Photo credit: LIANHE ZAOBAO

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The boss of a now-defunct electronics shop in Singapore was jailed 33 months on Monday for cheating his customers, including a Vietnamese national, local media reported.
Jover Chew Chiew Loon, who ran the Mobile Air shop at Sim Lim Square, and his workers cheated 26 customers into agreeing to mobile devices worth $16,599, according to a report on The Straits Times.
Last month, he pleaded guilty to 12 charges, including 10 counts of cheating. Prosecutors had sought a sentence of three years for him.
Chew has paid back the losses of $12,199 suffered by his victims. He was also fined $2,000 for insulting a Chinese national, the report said.
Chew's four sales executives are now serving between four months and 14 months in jail for their roles in the scam.
In one incident in November 2014, a Vietnamese tourist had begged, knelt and cried after Chew and his staff overcharged him for an iPhone 6.
The Straits Times quoted Seah Seng Choon, Consumers Association of Singapore executive director, as saying that the sentence will "send a strong signal to all errant retailers who are scheming to scam consumers.

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