SINGAPORE- It took eight years, but the law caught up with her in the end.
Back in December 2005, unemployed Wee Yat Mui, then 31, stole her sister’s credit cards and identity card, and also forged documents to cash in her insurance policies.
Wee was charged over the offences in 2006, but absconded and remained at large until she was nabbed in August this year.
Yesterday, the 39-year-old was jailed 27 months after admitting eight charges of theft, cheating and forgery. Thirty-four other charges were taken into consideration.
The total loss caused by Wee’s actions was $26,254, and the amount in the charges proceeded with was $12,111.
Her sister, accountant Wee Yat Lian, 43, was in court with other family members yesterday, and defence counsel Raymund Anthony said she has written a letter saying she has forgiven Yat Mui.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Kwek Chin Yong said that for a long time, the sisters were not on good terms when they were living with their mother in Bedok.
Yat Mui formed the idea to sabotage Yat Lian to teach her a lesson. She stole two UOB credit cards from her sister’s wallet when it was left unattended.
She then went on a shopping spree, buying jewellery and a mobile phone. She also went to the movies and spent on petrol.
Next, Yat Mui stole her sister’s identity card and impersonated her to apply for the surrender of her insurance policies from Great Eastern Life and Prudential Assurance.
She forged several documents for this. The proceeds were given to her in the form of cheques which she then cashed or banked, all the while posing as her sister.
Yat Mui also used her sister’s identity card to subscribe for three mobile phone lines, and then cut it up, Mr Kwek said.
Mr Anthony said his client was in financial trouble and had asked her sister a number of times for money but failed to get any. The unemployed Yat Mui committed the offences out of desperation, he said.
District Judge Eddy Tham told the accused that the offences were very serious. He noted that hers was not an isolated case of spur-of-the-moment spending, but a deliberate act.
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