By Amanda Phua
Their night out to rejoice over a business deal turned out to be one of the most expensive celebrations they would ever have - all because of a $1 parking coupon that had been tampered with. A driver and his three buddies ended up having to pay fines totalling $19,000.
On Sept 8, 2009, four close friends drove to the hawker centre at East Coast Lagoon for dinner to celebrate a business deal.
The car was driven by Kelvin Leong Kwok Yin, 29.
His friends were Domenic Ong Yue Ren, 25, Soh Chee Kwang, 35, and Desmond Cheong Kok Foong, 34.
Leong, Ong and Cheong owned and worked at a brokerage and commodity trading company.
Their office was also their home, and Soh would regularly help out in the business.
That night, Leong used a parking coupon which had its "used" tabs folded back instead of being torn off.
It is not clear where Leong had got this coupon.
The coupon was spotted by a parking warden.
He saw the group returning at around 8pm and he tried to get Leong's particulars to fill up a summons form.
But Leong snatched the coupon from him and drove off with his three friends.