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Housewife forged receipt for a thousand dollars, sentenced to community service

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Housewife forged receipt for a thousand dollars, sentenced to community service

source: takungpao

translated by cici@AsianEU

 

A housewife forged receipts requesting refunds several times from a chain store

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A housewife purchased 50 boxes of fish oil all at once for her son, but her son did not want to take it. Yet, she passed the 14 days of return policy, so she thought of buying additional 17 boxes of fish oil, forged a copy of the receipt to claim refund from the store, and she ended up successfully claiming over 1000 dollars who also returned more than 32 boxes, but she was discovered by the staff when she attempted to repeat this fraud again so police arrested her. Earlier, the housewife pleaded guilty to one count of fraud and two counts of attempted fraud. Yesterday at the Kowloon City Magistrates Court, she was sentenced to 160 hours community service.

 

Defendant Chu Pui-chen, 41-years-old, living in a private housing estate in Hung Hom with her husband and son, was fine in 2006 for theft. Defense lawyers said in plea yesterday that the report of defendant's background and mitigation letter indicated the defendant had a happy home, is a good mother and wife and a good staff, and the defendant also understood the mistake she made, and was remorseful and pleaded guilty hoping the court could give a lenient sentence .

 

When passing the sentence, the magistrate pointed out that the defendant committed an extremely serious crime, but taking into account of the circumstances of the case, the defendant's background report and other factors, the magistrate convicted the defendant to one count of fraud and two counts of attempted fraud and sentenced her to a total of 160 hours community service order which will be effective concurrently.

 

The court heard that in August last year the defendant bought 50 boxes of fish oil in Wanning and Watsons, but her son only had a few boxes. In order to recover money from remaining boxes, the defendant bought 17 boxes of fish oil from Mannings in Hung Hom and retained receipt. Later, using the original receipt from Hung Hom purchase and copies of two receipts, in two days going to Hung Hom and Central Mannings stores for 4 times asking to return 16 boxes of fish oil in total of 400 dollars to the store. In November 23 last year, the defendant tried the same trick in Central Mannings store again, but the staff revealed that the receipt was used twice for refund, so the staff called the police and informed the other branches, to which the defendant had to leave. On 6:00 p.m. the same day, the defendant went to a Mannings store in Hung Hom requesting a refund, and was arrested by the police. Under caution, defendant admitted that she committed the crime because of Manning's refund policy of returning items within 14 days.

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if it worked once don't test you're luck again... fish oil is good for you...

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Community service is too light of a sentence for such a serious crime like forgery.

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