Man arrested for cheating 11 tenants of deposits

Police have arrested a 46-year-old man for cheating 11 tenants of rental deposits over the last two months.

The suspect, who is unemployed, had apparently put up a three-room flat at Commonwealth Drive for rent with unsuspecting housing agents.

He would disarm potential tenants by handing over copies of his identity card and flat conservancy booklet, and a bunch of keys.

He would then disappear after pocketing rental deposits of between S$150 and S$3,000.

Police were alerted to the scam within two weeks of the first incident. They eventually ambushed him at Causeway Point Shopping Centre in Woodlands on Tuesday. A bunch of keys and conservancy booklet were found on him.

The suspect will be charged for cheating on Thursday. If found guilty, he may face up to seven years in jail and a fine. – CNA/ac

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 11 Jun 2008

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