SINGAPORE – forgetful Conman is a lawyer and deceives two daughters to give him a total of more than $ 23,000.
Antonio Aromin Wong, 67, was sentenced on Tuesday (March 26) to a year and three months imprisonment after pleading guilty to six counts of cheating including $ 11,700.
Twelve other similar payments were considered related to the rest.
The court heard that Wong had been in and out of prison from 1993 to 2000 for offenses including cheating.
He came to know one of his latest victims, Madam Audrey Phang Sok Kian, 48, through a mutual friend in April 2016 and found that he then faced some legal issues relating to his late husband's estate, Mr Loh Chee Kong.
She lied to her, claiming to be a qualified lawyer and offering her representation in the matter.
Between May and August of that year, Wong asked her time and time again to transfer money to him for supposed legal services.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Lim Woon told District Judge Soler Kessler: "To support his false representation that he is a qualified lawyer … the accused reported … throughout this period by text that he was represented in court proceedings. T , when a fact was not. "
Madam Phang fell for his lies and handed him $ 10,200. Wong used the money to pay for his holiday and to settle his debts.
Court documents did not specify how his offenses came to prominence but cautioned the police on 28 September 2016. Officers arrested the next day.
Wong escaped when he was on bail and continued with his criminal roads using a similar method to deceive another woman last year.
DPP Lim last year, Ms Song Li Siah, 56, went to Park People Center near the State Courts and noticed a Wong, who had dressed as a lawyer. Court documents did not state what he was wearing at the time.
When asked, Wong claimed he was a lawyer and offered to help Ms Song in her court case involving a pay dispute between her and her former employer.
In Bugis Junction shopping center a few days later, Wong asked her for $ 1,500 for "legal fees" and to cut her to transfer the money. Ms Song presented the police report on 5 August last year.
Wong, who was unrepresented, pleaded for mercy in court on Tuesday.
For every count of cheating, he could have been imprisoned for up to 10 years and fined.