A millennial forged his mom's signature and sold her Rolls-Royce to pay off debts racked up on nightclub dancers

  • A Singaporean man faces prison after forging his mom's signature to sell her Rolls-Royce.

  • Liu Kuei Liang was "desperate" for cash after racking up debts on nightclub dancers, court documents say.

  • He tricked a dealership into thinking his mom had authorized the sale, and got $614,000.

A 33-year-old man faces prison for forging his mother's signature in an attempt to sell her luxury cars and pay off debts he racked up on nightclub performers.

In August 2022, Singaporean Liu Kuei Liang forged his mom's signature on sales agreements, court documents seen by Business Insider show.

He fooled a car dealership into believing that she had authorized the sale of her Rolls-Royce Dawn 6.6 V12 and her Mini Cooper SE, per the records.

He pleaded guilty to forgery in a Singaporean court, and on March 22 was given a 12-week prison sentence.

His case is a window into parent-child relationships among the ultrawealthy — in this case one which had a six-figure fallout.

According to court records, Liu accumulated debts at "diao hua" clubs, where punters tip female dancers by buying them sashes and garlands of flowers. According to the Singaporean lifestyle site Zula, garlands for the performers start at below 50 Singaporean dollars — about $37 — and sashes can run into the hundreds.

Liu was "desperate" to raise cash when he convinced Autoart Singapore dealership that his mom authorized the sale, District Judge Brenda Chua wrote in a summary of the case in March.

Telling the dealer that his mom was abroad in Taiwan, Liu forged her signature on the sale documents, agreeing to a total of around $614,000 for both cars.

When the dealer asked to speak to his mom to confirm, he gave them the phone number of a friend in Taiwan, who posed as his mother and waved the sale through, the summary said.

On that basis, the dealer paid out some $110,000, and Liu handed over the cars.

But on August 16 that year, Liu's mother alerted the police, and he was charged with forgery.

In court, Liu's defense attorneys said his mom had offered him the use of her cars "as and when required."

They also pointed to the fact that as the case moved forward, Liu's mom forgave her son, the case summary says.

In August 2023, Liu's mom signed a declaration saying she repaid the deposit to the dealership, got her cars back, and tried to withdraw her police report.

She only reported the crime "in a fit of pique," Liu's defense argued. His lawyers said she would suffer most if he were imprisoned.

Liu had had a "momentary lapse of judgement," they said, while he tried to gain "temporary financing" for his debts.

It didn't wash with the judge, who sentenced Liu to 12 weeks.

"There was not one, but two victims in this case – namely, the Car Dealer and the Mother," Chau wrote in her summary, adding:

"The Mother paid the Car Dealer $150,000 on the accused's behalf. Further, as the accused's mother, she was in the position of being taken advantage of by her son, by virtue of familial ties."

"The accused abused his Mother's trust," she concluded.

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