Man jailed three years for $35k car scam

SINGAPORE - A 44-year-old man was yesterday sentenced to 36 months' jail for 22 crimes committed over a period of two years.

These included a $35,000 car scam and using another person's identity card to enter the casino at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS).

The Straits Times reported that Yahiman Yahya had cheated a woman of $6,480 when he was working as freelance car broker in May 2010.

He had used the money she had given him as a deposit for a Honda Stream, worth $26,000, for his personal expenses and to settle debts.

Yahiman had gained her trust by providing receipts and showing her his identity card. She however, grew suspicious when he became uncontactable after collecting the money.

She filed a police report against him.

For committing criminal breach of trust Yahiman could have been jailed for up to seven years and fined.

In October 2010, he cheated two men of almost $29,000 in a similar scam.

He convinced the men, who believed he was a part-time car repossesor, to buy a total of six cars.

He did so despite being aware that he would not be able to get any second-hand cars for sale.

One man agreed to buy five cars for $136,000, while the other agreed to get the sixth car for $42,888.

Both men paid Yahiman a total of almost $29,000 in deposits.

He could have been jailed for up to 10 years and fined for cheating.

In March 2010, he used an identity card he had found to enter the casino at RWS several times. He had found a wallet containing the identity card in a carpark in Tampines Street 22.

He was found out by RWS 14 months later in May last year and was reported to the police.

Yahiman told district judge Lee Poh Choo that his IC was held illegally by moneylenders and hence, he used someone else's IC to enter the casino.

For misappropriating property, he could have been jailed for up to two years and fined. For using someone's IC, he could have been jailed for up to 10 years and fined up to $10,000.

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