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Title: Gadget Terminal Pte. Ltd. [Certified Dishonest]
Post by: greentara on October 23, 2015, 10:10:17 AM
Company name: Gadget Terminal Pte. Ltd.
ACRA Registration No.: 201322570E
Address: 1, Rochor Canal Road, #02-80/63, Singapore 188504
Status: Live
Source: ACRA
Title: Re: Gadget Terminal Pte. Ltd. [Certified Dishonest]
Post by: greentara on October 23, 2015, 10:14:11 AM
Title: Re: Gadget Terminal Pte. Ltd. [Certified Dishonest]
Post by: greentara on October 23, 2015, 10:16:17 AM
Staff from second Sim Lim shop face cheating charges
23 Oct 2015
Elena Chong
Court Correspondent

Five men from an errant Sim Lim Square retailer were charged with cheating yesterday.

The men from Gadget Terminal are accused of engaging in a conspiracy to cheat walk-in customers.

In one instance in October last year, a Chinese national was conned into paying $1,000 for a Xiaomi mobile phone priced at $380.

Gadget Terminal's boss, Malaysian Chung Choon Cheik, 33, faces the most number of charges - eight - while the rest face between one and three charges each.

The shop has since closed.

Wilson Lim Weisheng, 30, and Tan Wei Ping, 40, each face one charge, involving $3,600 and $150 respectively.

Justin Chew Chee Kin, 36, a Malaysian, faces two charges of abetment by conspiracy to cheat involving $1,300; and Lin Facai, 32, is accused of three similar charges involving $800.

Lim, Chew and Lin are expected to plead guilty. They will return to court on Nov 12.

Chung, represented by Mr Peter Fernando, allegedly cheated customers of a total of $6,300 between October 2013 and September last year.

Seven of the charges accuse him of scheming with Lim, Chew, Lin or Tan to cheat customers.

They allegedly duped customers into believing that the phone or phones would be sold to them at a certain price, which they knew to be false.

Lim allegedly conspired with Chung to cheat a customer of $3,600 as payment for three iPhones on Nov 9.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Eunice Lim told the court that Tan faces further investigations related to a separate series of cases at Sim Lim Square. Additional charges, if any, may be tendered at his next court appearance.

Chung's case has been fixed for a pre-trial conference on Nov 19. He is out on $20,000 bail.

Lim's police bail has been extended while the others were offered $10,000 bail each.

Their passports have been impounded.

Last week, four salesmen from the now-defunct Mobile Air shop were sentenced to between four and 14 months' jail each for conspiring with Mobile Air owner Jover Chew to cheat customers.

The maximum punishment for cheating is 10 years' jail and a fine.

Title: Re: Gadget Terminal Pte. Ltd. [Certified Dishonest]
Post by: greentara on January 06, 2016, 08:09:59 PM
Sim Lim Square salesman jailed 28 weeks for cheating customers
Justin Chew Chee Kin, 36, pleaded guilty to two counts of engaging in a conspiracy to cheat customers.
JAN 5, 2016, 2:11 PM Amir Hussain

SINGAPORE - A former salesman of an errant Sim Lim Square retailer, whose employees schemed to cheat its walk-in customers in 2014, was jailed for 28 weeks on Tuesday (Jan 5).

Justin Chew Chee Kin, 36, pleaded guilty to two counts of engaging in a conspiracy with the boss of Gadget Terminal, Chung Choon Cheik,33, alias Gavin, to cheat two customers at the shop in September and October that year.

Chew is the first employee to be sentenced; a total of five men from the shop, including Chung, were charged with cheating in October last year.

Gadget Terminal, now defunct, was registered under Chung's wife, Ms Lim Pei Pin, but she was not involved in the running of the business.

A district court heard that Chew started working full-time for Chung in April 2014, and earned a basic pay of $1,800, plus commission on profits made by Gadget Terminal. Both men are Malaysians.

Some time later, Chung allegedly taught the salesmen at his shop to cheat its walk-in customers. The salesmen would first offer customers mobile phones at attractive prices. After initial payments had been made, employees would employ tactics to scam customers into forking out even more.

On Sept 30, 2014, Chew quoted a customer $300 for an Apple iPhone 4S mobile phone.

The customer - a 24-year-old Chinese national working in Singapore - handed Chew the money, and the salesman passed him a document to sign, saying it was for a two-year worldwide warranty.

After the customer signed on it, Chew told him he needed to pay $480 for the warranty.

Chew also threatened to fax the signed document to his office and complain to his employer if he did not cough up the money. The customer called the police.

When the police arrived, Chew told them that the customer had three options: Pay the $480 to get the mobile phone, pay no additional amount but leave the shop with a mobile phone of a lower value, or cancel the transaction and forfeit part of the sum paid as a "cancellation fee".

The customer incurred a $288 cancellation fee, and the police advised the customer to lodge a complaint with the Consumers Association of Singapore (Case).

On Oct 12, that year, Chew quoted another customer $380 for a Xiaomi 4 mobile phone.

The customer - a 25-year-old Chinese national studying in Singapore - handed Chew a $1,000 note, and the salesman asked him to sign for a two-year warranty.

After the customer gave his signature, Chew told him that the total cost for the phone and warranty was $980.

The customer called the police when Chew insisted that a refund was not possible.

When the police arrived, Chew insisted the customer had only three options as he had signed the document: Pay $980 for the phone and two-year warranty, pay $745 for the phone and a one-year warranty, or cancel the contract and pay a $294 cancellation fee.

The cancellation fee was reduced to $215 after some negotiation.

Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Muhammad Faizal urged the court to impose a stiff sentence of four months' jail per charge, and for the sentences to run consecutively.

The use of signed written agreements as a basis to demand additional payments was a serious violation of corporate integrity, he said.

Chew was also unmoved by police presence, and presented the matter as a simple contractual dispute.

The series of cheating cases at the shop had also created a "deep sense of disquiet" among the public, together with those at another errant Sim Lim Square retailer, Mobile Air.

The DPP added that the offence was a prevalent one, with Case receiving 2,000 complaints against retailers in Sim Lim Square, Lucky Plaza, and People's Park Centre over a three year period between 2012 and 2014.

In mitigation, Chew, who did not have a lawyer, told the court that he had bills to pay and needed to support his family.

"I humbly beg for leniency ... my family needs me," he said, crying.

District Judge Jasvender Kaur agreed with the prosecution's call for a deterrent sentence.

She told Chew: "You had no scruples in carrying out a despicable deception on unsuspecting customers."

The judge jailed Chew for 14 weeks for each charge, with both jail terms to run consecutively.

The sentence was backdated to his date of remand on Dec 18, last year.

Chew could have been jailed for up to 10 years and fined per charge.

Last year, Mobile Air's boss and four staff were jailed between four and 33 months for cheating.