SINGAPORE- A former cashier at a Shop N Save outlet was jailed for six months yesterday for misappropriating $18,556 in cash.
A district court heard that Siti Nooryani Mohamed Yunos, 29, siphoned off the money between September last year and February at the store in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5.
The chief cashier started off by keeping a small portion of the store's takings, instead of depositing the entire amount in the store's bank account.
However, she grew greedy and kept $4,444 on Feb 18. The next day, she misappropriated $3,947.
Two days later, she was confronted by Mr Larry Peng Qing, 33, who was in charge of the store then.
After she admitted to misappropriating $8,391, he told her to remain in the office. While he called the police, she fled and went into hiding.
She was arrested on Aug 24. Investigations revealed that she had misappropriated a total of $18,556, which she spent on personal expenses and to pay off loans.
She pleaded guilty yesterday to committing criminal breach of trust.
Pleading for a lenient sentence, Siti Nooryani, who did not have a lawyer, said that she was in financial difficulties and was unable to return the money.
She also told the court she had got married recently.
She could have been sentenced to 15 years in jail and fined.
Shop N Save supermarket outlets were rebranded as Giant stores in April.
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