Two Hong Kong men jailed 14 months in Singapore for selling fake watches

Visiting delivery driver and his godson cheated four shops into paying over HK$106,000 for six high-grade imitations passed off as genuine

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 June, 2017, 7:23pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 June, 2017, 10:18pm

Two men from Hong Kong were each sentenced by a Singapore court on Wednesday to 14 months in jail on charges of conspiring to cheat, after deceiving shop owners in the city state with fake luxury watches.

According to the newspaper The Straits Times, delivery driver Cheung Siu-wa, 50, and his godson Chow Chun-ting, 33, conspired to cheat four watch shops in Singapore into paying a total of S$18,900 (HK$106,196) for six, high-grade imitation watches passed off as genuine.

Both admitted to two of four counts of abetment by conspiracy.

The Singaporean newspaper reported that a Brightime Watch shop owner was duped into believing that a Cartier Ballon Bleu with a warranty booklet and a Chopard Imperiale were genuine. The owner was persuaded to pay S$5,400 (HK$30,341) after Chow approached him claiming he wanted to sell the watches because he had gambled away all his money and needed cash to gamble again.

Separately, Cheung and Chow cheated another shop owner over the sale of a fake Cartier Santos with its certificate. The owner ended up handing over S$4,100 (HK$23,037).

Later, both victims reported to authorities that they had been sold imitation watches, and the men were arrested.

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The Straits Times said the pair had entered Singapore on a social visit pass on February 15 and were supposed to leave on February 18. The crimes happened a day after their arrival.

They had bought fake Cartier and Chopard watches in Hong Kong and Japan at low prices and brought them to Singapore, a police investigation showed.

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Upon their arrival in the Lion City, the two visited several shops to decide whom they would try to deceive and to calculate the profit they would make. Cheung, Chow and an unnamed person created a WhatsApp chat group to share information about the price that each shop offered and about which shops accepted what kind of watches.

District Judge Mathew Joseph was quoted as saying the offences were premeditated and involved a significant sum of money. He believed it was in the public interest to send a strong signal for potential foreign offenders that Singapore was not a safe haven for committing offences with impunity, the Straits Times reported.