Sellers of fake concert tickets get probation

Sellers of fake concert tickets get probation
Ang Teck Wee (left) and Walden Lee Guo Quan created fake copies of tickets to Jay Chou’s concert here last year and sold them online. They have each been sentenced to 21 months’ probation.
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Two tertiary students were each sentenced to 21 months' probation yesterday for cheating their victims in a scam involving fake Jay Chou concert tickets.

Walden Lee Guo Quan and Ang Teck Wee, both 23, must also perform 180 hours of community service.

Their parents also had to pay a bond of $5,000 for each student to ensure their good behaviour.

Between March and May last year, Lee and Ang scammed 11 people of a total of $7,670. Each victim was cheated of between $350 and $800.

On Feb 1, Lee, who studies at the Singapore Institute of Management, pleaded guilty to three cheating charges involving $2,350.

Also on that day, Ang, who is from the Nanyang Technological University, admitted to two cheating charges involving $1,440.

Four of Lee's charges and two of Ang's were taken into consideration during sentencing.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Vadivalagan Shanmuga said Lee had bought tickets for the concert by Taiwanese singer Chou, which was held on Sept 3 last year.

When Lee realised that there was an overwhelming response for the event, he hatched a plan to cheat others and roped in Ang.

Lee sent Ang images of the original tickets and Ang used his computer to create bogus copies.

The two men then put the fake tickets up for sale on online marketplace Carousell - each under his own account.

On May 24 last year, Ms Koo Yee Ling, 24, came across Ang's advertisement and contacted him. They met at Causeway Point mall in Woodlands later that day and she handed him $720 in exchange for two bogus tickets.

She later contacted the event organiser, Singapore Sports Hub, about the tickets she had obtained from Ang.

DPP Vadivalagan said: "To her horror, she found out that the two tickets she was holding on to were fakes. Ms Koo immediately tried to contact (Ang) but he became uncontactable."

Ms Koo alerted the police on May 26 and her report was the first of many that the police received involving the fake concert tickets.

Ang and Lee used a similar method to cheat their other victims.

Unlike Ms Koo, the others realised they had been duped only when they turned up at the Singapore Sports Hub on Sept 3 for the show and were not allowed to enter the concert venue.

Lee and Ang were represented by lawyers Josephus Tan and Cory Wong.

In mitigation, the court heard that both men had made full restitution.

For each count of cheating, they could have each been jailed for up to three years and fined.

This article was first published on March 3, 2017.
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