Model fined $2,000 for hiring fall guy
Tue, Feb 08, 2011
SINGAPORE - A model has been fined $2,000 for hiring someone to take the rap for a traffic offence she committed.
Evangeline Tay Su Ann, 22 years old, bribed a property agent to take the blame after she beat a red light on Jan 22, 2008. She paid the property agent $1,000.
Judge Jill Tan said that it was unnecessary to jail her as she was suffering from depression at the time of the offence. The judge also said that Tay had a low-risk of re-offending and had a clean record since 2008.
She could have been jailed up to seven years, fined or both.
Her two accomplices were jailed in the last two years. The policeman who helped her, former Deputy Superintendent of Police, 40-year-old Kelvin Choo Yew Beng, was sentenced to six months in jail in August 2010.
The property agent, 35-year-old Leung Man Kwan, was jailed three months in 2009.
Tay is currently undergoing treatment for her condition. Her psychiatrist said that her condition has improved. Her lawyer, Lim Kia Tong, said that she will be appealing against her sentence.
Tay had drive her house-mate's car without his consent. She did not possess a valid driving licence at that time. She beat a red light as she was driving at the junction of Lornie Road and Sime Road.
As a result, her house-mate, a Bulgarian business manager, received a summons from the Traffic Police in Feb 2008.
Tay then approached Choo for help. He roped in Leung to take the rap, after which Tay paid her $1,000.
She is currently a business student at the Singapore Institute of Management.