Woman who used client's credit card to pay club bill of $123,900 jailed 45 months

Wan Ting Koh
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SINGAPORE — A woman who used a client’s credit card to pay for a $123,900 bill that she owed to a club in Jalan Sultan was jailed three years and nine months on Monday (9 September).

Alina Chan Shu Lin, 37, was also convicted of other cheating offences involving eight Rolex watches and $250,000 in loans.

Chan had earlier pleaded guilty to five counts of cheating in relation to three separate incidents, with another 11 counts of a similar nature taken into consideration for sentencing.

Chan was an employee with Royal Insignia, a company which produces ceremonial items, when she was entrusted with a client’s credit card to buy luggage.

She used the card to pay off a tab at Club Armani V6 Disco, which she frequented. She went to the club, located at 100 Jalan Sultan, and paid the bill of $123,900. The payment was processed on 13 September.

Between June and August last year, Chan lied to the managing director of her company that a client needed to apply for loans. Over six occasions, Chan took loans of $249,200 and spent the money.

In July last year, Chan went to Emperor Watch and Jewellery, a shop located at The Hilton Shopping Gallery, and placed orders for eight Rolex watches. She lied that the order was placed on behalf of a third party, who was also a customer of the watch shop. The order was to be paid through credit terms.

The shop delivered the eight watches worth $398,071.04 to Chan, who later pawned the watches for $245,000 and used the money to pay for personal expenses and debts.

While the watches were recovered, the pawn shops were not repaid for the amounts that they extended to Chan.

For each count of cheating, Chan could be jailed up to 10 years and fined.

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