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Ronny Lee Jia Jie [Certified Dishonest]
« on: December 18, 2018, 06:33:52 PM »
Serial scammer who cheated Singtel pleads guilty to fresh charges of duping other businesses
Alfred Chua | 17 December, 2018

SINGAPORE — He assumed the identity of a Mediacorp employee to trick a shop into printing custom-designed fan club T-shirts, but did not pay up after collecting the goods.

He also obtained a list of national registration identity card (NRIC) numbers when he was volunteering for a Nee Soon East community event and made use of the personal data to cheat telecommunications firm Singtel of close to S$30,000 in phone orders.

These were among the many scams executed by Ronny Lee Jia Jie over four years and no one was spared — from his ex-schoolmate to users of e-market site Carousell to business owners.

On Monday (Dec 17), the 21-year-old, who has been swindling people since he was 17, pleaded guilty to four more cheating charges.

He was already charged for an earlier set of cheating offences committed between November 2014 and May 2017.

Sentencing is set for Jan 4.

The court heard that some time in November last year, Lee, whose occupation is unknown, created a fake Mediacorp email account and used it to email Ministry of Print, a printing company.

He asked to order 50 custom-designed T-shirts for the Calvert Tay Fan Club. Mr Tay is a Mediacorp artiste.

Lee signed off the email as “Ronny Lee, Channel 8 TV Drama and Variety” and appended the national broadcaster’s logo and address.

The order was priced at S$668.75 and Lee gave excuses to delay payment after collecting the T-shirts.

Court documents showed that he sold the T-shirts to members of the fan club at S$12 a piece.

An employee of the printing company made a police report on March 28 this year, stating that Lee had not made payment for the order.

Lee also conned a toiletries and beauty products seller.

Sometime on March 23, he sent a message to Ms Li Shuxian on Instagram, expressing his interest to be her product distributor.

Four days later, he ordered toiletries worth more than S$2,200 from her and sent a screenshot of a purported bank money transfer, before collecting the items from her house.

On April 1, he again ordered more than S$3,000 worth of beauty products from Ms Li and collected them from her place.

The next day, he placed yet another order worth more than S$15,000 for toiletries and cosmetic products, but did not manage to collect the items.

It turned out that the screenshots he sent on both occasions were pre-scheduled bank transfers.

Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Cheng Yuxi said: “He knew that there would be insufficient funds in his bank account on the day of the scheduled transfer, and the transactions would not go through.”

Ms Li did a check on May 10 and found that there was no money transferred to her account. She then made a police report.


The two latest scams were carried out while Lee was out on bail.

In April this year, he admitted to 16 counts of cheating charges, having swindled his victims of more than S$33,000 between November 2014 and May 2017.

For the Singtel phone scam, Lee used the NRIC numbers he took while being a volunteer at an event and proceeded to make 49 applications on Singtel’s website for mobile phone lines in the names of the NRIC holders.

DPP Teo Yu Chou said: “For each application, he would select the more expensive mobile plans so that he could obtain a bundled mobile phone for free, or at greatly discounted prices.” Some of these were Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy Note smartphones.

Of the 49 applications, he cancelled 21 of them as he felt guilty, the court was told.

He sold nine of the remaining 28 phones to second-hand dealers and to online buyers on Carousell. He received S$7,000 in total.

Another seven phones were either given away or lost.

The last 12 were recovered and returned to Singtel. Lee has since made restitution of around $17,000 for the other 16 phones.

Between July 2015 and May 2017, Lee also engaged in a Carousell scam, cheating 11 victims of close to S$2,500 in total.

He would post advertisements on the site, claiming that he could provide various goods and services for a fee.

After agreeing on a price, he told his victims to transfer either the full amount of money or deposit via Internet banking to his various bank accounts. None of the advertised items or services were made available to the victims.

Between September and October 2016, Lee deceived a courier company into believing that he was from the Singapore Armed Forces Sports Association, so that he could obtain preferential credit terms for delivery services.

He then offered delivery services to other people on Carousell, but did not pay the courier company any money.

He also cheated another three victims, including his ex-schoolmate, into transferring him money for a bogus investment scheme in September 2015.


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Re: Ronny Lee Jia Jie [Certified Dishonest]
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2019, 05:53:03 PM »
Man jailed 14 months for cheating offences
Feb 9, 2019 | Shaffiq Alkhatib

A full-time national serviceman who admitted in court last year to multiple counts of cheating involving more than $30,000 was awaiting his sentence when another victim lodged a report against him.

Ronny Lee Jia Jie, 21, who has since completed his national service and is now working as a check-in agent for travellers, first pleaded guilty on April 12 last year to 16 counts of cheating.

He had admitted cheating his victims, including telco Singtel, between December 2014 and May 2017.

About a month later, Ms Evelyn Li Shuxian, 30, who sells toiletries online, alerted the police after Lee cheated her of more than $5,000. He had also attempted to cheat her of more than $15,000.

Lee later pleaded guilty to three additional cheating charges and one count of attempted cheating. These four charges involved more than $20,000 and he was sentenced yesterday to 14 months' jail.

In November 2014, Lee volunteered at a brisk walking event held by Nee Soon East Community Centre, where he was given a list of participants and their NRIC numbers for attendance marking.

He used the list to make 49 mobile line applications on Singtel's website.

For each application, he would select the more expensive mobile plans, so he could obtain a bundled mobile phone for free or at heavily discounted prices.

Court documents show that Lee obtained at least three iPhone 6 Plus handsets for free under Singtel's most expensive monthly plan at the time.

He later cancelled 21 applications out of guilt before the phones were delivered but went through with the other applications and obtained 28 phones worth $30,152 in total.

He sold nine of them to secondhand dealers and on online marketplace Carousell for a total of about $7,000. Twelve of the unsold phones were recovered and returned to Singtel.

In March last year, Lee sent a message to Ms Li expressing his interest to be her "product distributor", said Deputy Public Prosecutor Cheng Yuxi.

Lee later ordered from Ms Li more than $5,000 worth of products and duped her into thinking he had paid for them by showing her screenshots of purported bank transfers.

He also placed another order for $15,546 worth of toiletries and cosmetics last April, but these products were not delivered to him.

Ms Li alerted the police on May 13 last year after realising that Lee had not transferred any money to her bank account.

In November 2017, Lee had also pretended to be a Mediacorp representative and duped a printing company employee into delivering to him 50 T-shirts worth more than $600. However, he failed to pay for the products.

For each count of cheating, he could have been jailed for up to 10 years and fined.