Sim Lim cheating case: Mobile Air preyed on low waged workers

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Jover Chew, 33, the defamed ex-owner of the now defunct Mobile Air faces 28 charges at the courts. He is out on a $40k bail posted by his mother on the 29th of May this year.

Today, Jover Chew’s four accomplices plead guilty to cheating charges.

Koh Guan Seng, 38, Kam Kok Keong, 31, Kelvin Lim Zhi Wei, 32, and Lim Hong Ching, 34, had been employed by Jover Chew Chiew Loon as freelance sales executives in 2013 and 2014.

Collectively, the four accomplices cheated customers of almost S$16,149 through unscrupulous sales tactics. In one case, Kelvin Lim pressured a Bangladeshi construction worker to sign a blank invoice.

Other tactics included adding new items to invoices after they had been signed by customers and refusing to hand over purchased products until fresh payments had been made.

The Deputy Public Prosecutors noted that even the involvement of the police, CASE and Small Claims Tribunal did not deter nor limit Mobile Air’s thirst for cheating.

The team targeted low-wage workers, those with limited understanding of English and who knew little of their consumer rights. In some cases, they demanded victims to hand over ATM cards and threatened to call the victim’s employers to have their work permits cancelled.

The men face between one and six charges each, for which they could be punished with up to 10 years jail and fine.

They face serious violation of corporate integrity and operated under a facade of legitimacy. They committed offences on vulnerable victims and their practices affect public confidence with other retailers within Sim Lim Square and the rest of Singapore.

Jover himself would be expected to plead guilty on the 28th of October 2015.

 

 

 

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