Jocelyn Lee Sok Hui, who worked as an administrative assistant, was sentenced to 15 months in prison on October 24 after pleading guilty.I Fraud and criminal breach of fiduciary.
In 2014, Li began working at Hai-Ou Company – a company specializing in selling specialized medical and scientific equipment. Lee’s role includes assisting with paperwork.
She was tasked with managing the director’s credit card information and online bank accounts, paying expenses, and printing bank statements.
Lee in court on October 24. Photo: HardwareZone.com
Before March 2020, Lee became dissatisfied because he felt that his boss did not evaluate him properly. Deputy prosecutor R Aravindren said Lee then decided to use the director’s credit card information to make purchases for himself on e-commerce platforms such as Shopee and Lazada.
For example, from March 5 to August 5, 2020, Lee used his boss’s credit card about 90 times to make online purchases for himself, and spent about 36,400 SGD (over 652 million VND).
And yet, from March 30 to July 29, 2020, Lee used his boss’s Standard Chartered Bank account to pay off personal card loans, totaling SGD 22,800 (over 408 million VND).
To prevent his boss from discovering these illegal transactions, Lee hid them with fake documents and copied bank statements before handing them over to his superiors.
A Singapore court sentenced Lee to 15 months in prison. Photo: Today Online
According to news site Online Today On October 24, Lee resigned and paid SGD 22,000 as compensation to his former boss.
Prosecutors proposed a prison sentence of 17–20 months for Lee, considering the crime extremely serious because it involved a large sum of money and was an abuse of trust.
Lee’s defense lawyer Wasiur Rahman recommended a 15-month jail sentence for his client. Mr Rahman said it was Lee’s first job and she was still quite inexperienced, when her boss scolded her for small mistakes. However, Mr Rahman still acknowledged that his client had done wrong.