SINGAPORE – A high school teacher who made two fake $ 100 bills and used them to pay for massage services for a woman he met at Orchard Towers, began his three-year prison term on Monday, June 25 after losing his call.
Daniel Wong Mun Meng, 44, failed to persuade a High Court judge that he took the notes as an educational tool to “excite and engage” his students on the subject of currency exchange.
Wong’s claim that he also wanted to use the false notes as props for the school’s math day – as they represented youth from groups in uniform and matched the SG50 theme of the event – was also raised. rejected.
Dismissing Wong’s appeal against the conviction for counterfeiting money and using counterfeit banknotes as genuine currency, Judge Aedit Abdullah said Wong’s reasons for creating the banknotes were beyond belief.
At the end of July 2015, Wong produced the two counterfeit tickets by photocopying an authentic ticket using his personal printer.
On the night of August 3, 2015, he went to Orchard Towers, where he met a Vietnamese woman and offered to pay her $ 200 for “services”.
He paid Ms. Nguyen Nhu Trang with the false notes before driving her to the Fragrance Hotel on Balestier Road. They spent about an hour there.
He testified in court that she gave him a full body massage and then had sex with him. But Ms. Trang told the court that no gender was involved.
The case came to light after Ms. Trang tried to use one of the counterfeit bills at a supermarket and was caught by an alert cashier.
Police officers arrested Wong at Bukit Batok High School on August 20, 2015. He was suspended from his teaching duties in December of the same year.
Wong was found guilty after a 12-day trial and sentenced to three years in prison in November last year. He had been released on bail pending appeal.
On Monday, June 25, his lawyer, Melanie Ho, argued that he should be acquitted of the charges against him. She pointed to Wong’s class work plan to establish that he intended to deal with currency trading as a topic.
But Judge Aedit asked if that really justified Wong’s reason for counterfeiting the tickets or provided him with an excuse.
“Do teachers usually create fake tickets to fill out the work plan? The judge asked, adding that monopoly money or other currencies could be used.
Ms. Ho also argued that a three-year prison sentence was too harsh for Wong, who was trained as an electrical engineer. She said her infidelity had an impact on her marriage.
Assistant Prosecutor Kenneth Chin argued that Wong’s defense was an afterthought, noting that he did not mention any intention to use the false grades for class or for math day when questioned. by the police.