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Teacher steals cash from students to repay his debts

By Mason White 12:11 PM November 20, 2015
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By: Mahesh Sarin
A teacher was arrested on a charge of theft after stealing cash from his students in order to repay his debts, police in Singapore said.

Now, 37-year-old Sandridge Ong Wee Koe of Bukit Timah, was sentenced to serve 16 weeks in jail after admitting to stealing $3,500 from two students.

According to the police investigation, Koe stole $2,050 from 17-year-old Wang Juan at the St. Francis Methodist School. In another incident, Koe stole $1,300 from another student, who was not identified.

The court heard that Koe, a teacher of chemistry, had finished his last class of the day. There was no one there and the lights went out.

He saw some bags, and took $2,050 belonging to Juan. Koe had $7,000 in credit card debt at the time. If convicted of theft, Koe could have been sentenced to serve seven years in prison.