Couple face 66 charges over $1.6 million renovation scam

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A Singaporean couple who allegedly ran a renovation scam and cheated more than 80 homeowners of a total of $1.6 million are facing 66 cheating charges each.

Aszrul Mohd Yusoff, 37, faces an additional unrelated charge for acting as a director while he was still an undischarged bankrupt. His wife, Husniyati Omar, 40, also faces 17 forgery charges and one count of criminal breach of trust.

Husniyati, who was first charged in the State Courts on 8 September, received 21 additional charges on Thursday (26 October). Aszrul, who was first charged on 6 October, was slapped with 53 additional charges on Friday (27 October). Yahoo News Singapore understands that they might face 30 more charges each.

The couple, who are behind the company Carpentry Design Works Pte Ltd, had allegedly entered into agreements with homeowners to do renovation works, which were subsequently left incomplete or not proceeded.

The couple are expected to return to court on 20 November. They have been offered bail on $150,000 each.

If convicted of cheating, they each face a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine per charge. Husniyati also faces a jail term of up to 15 years and a fine for each forgery charge.

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