Eleven years ago, Lai Kah Goon was part of a group that scammed car rental companies in Singapore by renting cars from them and selling them in Malaysia .
Lai fled the country, stalling police investigations into the scam which involved four cars worth $355,250 in total. The need to pay off his debts to loan sharks then led him to traffick drugs from Malaysia to China.
He was deported back to Singapore in May 2010, after serving a six -year jail term in China. Yesterday, Lai, now 50, was the first of the group to be punished for the 2004 scam . He was jailed for 32 months, after pleading guilty to two counts of cheating and dishonestly inducing the delivery of property.
Another two counts of the same charge were taken into consideration. In passing sentence, District Judge Low Wee Ping said: “These car rental companies… cannot tell whether a customer renting its car is genuine, or a person like yourself, intending to rent the car and instead drive them to Malaysia and then sell them.”
“It is alarming because it sounds so easy,” he added. The judge also noted that the level of planning involved in the scheme was “quite sophisticated”. “Unless there is a strong deterrent sentence, others will attempt to commit such offences,” he added.
On one occasion, in December 2004, Lai was told by an alleged accomplice, Koh Choon Siong, 40, to rent a car from L&K Limousine Services. Koh allegedly drove the car to Malaysia and handed it over to two alleged conspirators, Steven Koh Chin Guan and Alvin Ng, who purportedly sold the vehicle, valued at $85,250, to unknown buyers. Lai rented another car, worth $120,000, from Motorway Car Rentals on the same day, and Koh Choon Siong allegedly delivered it to the same alleged conspirators the next day.
Lai did not receive any money from the car sales. He said he was given $5,000 by Koh Choon Siong to use for renting cars, and allowed to keep the balance. In calling for a stiff sentence, Deputy Public Prosecutor Loh Hui-Min said: “A strong signal should be sent to the general public that such offences will not be tolerated.”
Pleading for leniency, Lai’s lawyer Gogulakannan Suppayya said his client owed money to loansharks who “continuously harassed his home and his two young children then”. Lai admitted to his offences and has shown remorse, he added. Mr Gogulakannan said Lai, who is divorced, works as a driver earning $1,750 and pays monthly maintenance to his former wife, and children, now aged 14 and 19.
Lai could have been jailed for seven years and fined for each charge. Koh Choon Siong’s case will be heard on Aug 5. Steven Koh Chin Guan and Alvin Ng remain at large.
Georgia Power offers new instant savings at The Home Depot — ATLANTA, July 20 … – PR Newswire (press release)
ATLANTA, July 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Georgia Power announced today the latest partnership with a leading retailer to help customers save money and energy – a new rebate and discount offer exclusively at The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer. Now through Oct.
15, 2015, Georgia Power residential customers can save instantly in-store through Georgia Power’s Appliance Program with an exclusive coupon for select ENERGY STAR® appliances at The Home Depot. The instant savings coupon is included in each Georgia Power residential July statement.
The Georgia Power coupon* features an instant rebate of $20 to $25 at checkout on select ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers, refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners. Customers can also receive an additional 10 percent off the purchase price of select ENERGY STAR certified appliances $397 and above.
In addition to instant savings, Georgia Power offers a variety of separate rebates and incentives to make saving money and energy even easier.
31, 2015, customers who submit a completed appliance rebate form within ten days of purchase through the Appliance Program will be automatically entered in a monthly sweepstakes for a chance to win a $500 gift card**.
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*Must be a Georgia Power residential customer. Limit one coupon per transaction and one discount per appliance type. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer.
Instant rebates offered by Georgia Power, and additional 10 percent off the sales price offered by The Home Depot. Refrigerators and freezers must be 7.75 cu. ft.
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- Channel 4 research found prices are much higher for British customers
- Claiming to be Norwegian or Australian produced a significant discount
- ‘Supershoppers’ programme on Channel 4 reveals more tips for bargains
- Presenters Andi Osho and Anna Richardson put products to the test
British motorists renting a car abroad should lie about their nationality if they want the best deal, an investigation has found.
When Channel 4 researchers tried to hire a Ford Focus with rental company Hertz, they were quoted £24.99 a day.
But by changing their country of origin to Norway, the cost fell to just 198.50 kroner – or £15.79.
Claiming to be Norwegian or Australian secured the researchers a much better deal on their holiday rental
A week later the same car was available for £66.98 a day.
If the hirer claimed to be from Australia, however, the price dropped by an astonishing £18.40 to just £48.50.
The Supershoppers programme on Channel 4 tonight reveals other ways that British consumers get a worse deal than their European counterparts.
Presented by stand-up comedian Andi Osho and presenter and writer Anna Richardson, the programme reveals money-saving tips and tricks of the trade.
The pair put products from some of Britain’s biggest brands and retailers to the test to see which are worth the price-tag.
Presenters Andi Osho (left) and Anna Richardson (right) show shoppers how to be more savvy in Channel 4 show Supershoppers
- ^ British Transport Police park up on double yellow lines to get a Mr Whippy ice cream (www.dailymail.co.uk)