Man allegedly traded seller’s $35,000 Rolex for counterfeit, accused of cheating

SINGAPORE – A 26-year-old Singaporean man was charged on Friday (February 11) with deceiving a potential seller into purchasing a S$35,000 luxury watch.

Anson Tan Chin Siang also allegedly tried to hit a police officer with his car when officers approached him about the case, police said in a statement on Thursday.

Tan first contacted the seller, identified as Mr. Cheng Yit Leong, 28, in court documents, about his online posts advertising the Rolex watch. The couple then met in Sengkang Square on Tuesday afternoon.

Tan then decided not to proceed with the purchase after inspecting Mr. Cheng’s watch and allegedly returned a similar watch with a different serial number without Mr. Cheng’s knowledge.

Court documents did not reveal how Tan did this.

Mr. Cheng didn’t find out what had happened until he got home and believed Tan’s watch was a counterfeit.

After police identified Tan, officers from the Ang Mo Kio Police Division spotted him in a car near Yishun Ring Road on Wednesday afternoon.

When officers pulled into the man’s open parking lot and ordered him out of the car, he “allegedly ignored officers’ instructions, attempted to hit an officer using his car and fled.”

“One of the officers managed to get away to avoid being hit by the car,” police added.

Through “extensive field investigations”, Tan was spotted along Ang Mo Kio 3 Avenue later that day and the officers arrested him.

Tan is also being investigated for committing a reckless act and driving while prohibited from doing so. He has not yet received any charges for these.

Court documents said that when Tan allegedly committed these latest offenses, he was subject to a surrender order for prior offenses. The surrender order, under which prisoners who show good behavior are allowed to be released under certain conditions, was in effect from October 27, 2020 until April 6 this year.

A judge ordered Tan’s remand for further investigation. He will return to court on February 15.

If found guilty of cheating, he could be jailed for up to 10 years and fined.

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