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Former property agent pleads guilty to cheating, forgery

January 26, 2011 | Author: huiping | Posted in Crime, News and Society, Society

SINGAPORE: A former property agent pleaded guilty on Wednesday to offences including cheating and forgery.

Thirty-eight-year-old Anika Priyadharshini pleaded guilty to offences involving S$183,556.29.

She originally faced 69 charges, but 44 of them were taken into consideration while two others were withdrawn.

She even cheated two of her clients of S$58,800, a district court heard on Wednesday.

Anika befriended one of her victims, 49-year-old Lohambal Doraisamy in October 2008 and told her that she was a property agent.

Ms Lohambal informed her in November that year that she wanted to buy a flat at Block 246, Bangkit Road in the Bukit Panjang area.

She told Anika that another agent had informed her that the flat owner wanted seventy thousand Singapore dollars cash above the property’s valuation.

Anika said that she was able to get a better offer for the same unit.

She later lied to Ms Lohambal, claiming that the flat owner agreed to sell the unit at a purchase price below the initial valuation.

It turned out that the flat owner had never met Anika and had already secured another buyer for the apartment.

The former agent told Ms Lohambal about a month later that the seller supposedly asked for a deposit of forty thousand Singapore dollars and Ms Lohambal gave her the cash on December 17, 2008.

She also told Ms Lohambal in January 2009 that she needed more money to pay for so-called items such as stamp and agent fees.

Believing her, the older woman passed her cash totalling S$14,390.

She also cheated 31-year-old computer programmer, Balaiah Muthu Ramalingam of S$4,410 in 2008.

She lied to him, claiming that the amount was an advance rental payment for a flat at Toh Guan Road in Jurong East.

The court heard that she used all the monies from her two victims for her own expenses.

Besides these, Anika also forged the signatures of three people including her ex-boyfriend, 37-year-old Selva Seelan Ramalinggam, between November 2007 and August 2009.

She did it to get credit cards and mobile phones.

Anika will be back in court on February 14.

- CNA/fa

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