Ex-MediaCorp exec faked invoices, pocketed thousands

Ex-MediaCorp exec faked invoices, pocketed thousands

A former MediaCorp account director has been sent to jail and fined for offences ranging from forging invoices to using his wife's identity card to gamble at a casino.

On Thursday, Albert Loh Weng Chew, 37, pleaded guilty to nine charges proceeded against him.

These comprised two for forgery, one for misappropriating $14,766, three for using his wife's identity card to enter a casino, and three for failing to pay the casino entry levy.

Loh was sentenced to two months and nine weeks behind bars and fined $2,400.

The court heard that he submitted a false media booking of $36,500 worth of airtime sales to MediaCorp in October 2011. He was instructed to collect the money for the order, and he issued a dud cheque to his then employer.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Jurena Chan said the amount of $36,500 was written off by MediaCorp. She added that Loh earned a commission of $1,260 from the phoney deal, which he had since returned to MediaCorp.

Separately, Loh collected a $14,766 cheque from a client to purportedly pay external vendors for its roadshows.

He pocketed the money instead.

After losing his job at MediaCorp, Loh found a job at NHST Media Group Asia as an account manager.

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