Jover Chew and 4 others arrested over cheating cases at Sim Lim Square

Jover Chew and 4 others arrested over cheating cases at Sim Lim Square

SINGAPORE - Five men were arrested on Wednesday for a series of cheating cases at Sim Lim Square, according to a police statement.

Channel NewsAsia and The Straits Times reported that former Mobile Air shop-owner Jover Chew is among those arrested. According to the police statement, the five men arrested are between 31 and 38 years old.

The police said they had received several reports against Mobile Air Pte Ltd last year for dishonest sales practices whereby mobile phone customers were coerced into buying handphones and in-house warranties at inflated prices.

These victims ended up paying for the handphones at much higher prices or had to pay fees to cancel the deal.

One of the victims included Vietnamese tourist Pham Van Thoai , who was filmed begging on his knees and in tears after Chew, 32, refused to refund his money for a $950 iPhone 6 that he had purchased. Pham was duped into signing up for a $1,500 warranty package for the phone. He was reported to have recovered only $400.

The video of the incident went viral online and sparked outrage among Singaporeans. Chew's personal details were also posted on the Internet by online vigilantes, driving him out of business.

The five accused are scheduled to be charged in court on May 29, 2015.

candicec@sph.com.sg

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