Hotel clerk convicted of embezzling $198,072.85

Hotel clerk convicted of embezzling $198,072.85
The Empire Hotel & Country Club in Brunei.

A former financial clerk at The Empire Hotel & Country Club who was convicted of misappropriating monies belonging to the hotel and using forged documents will be sentenced next week.

Defendant Hjh Teenty Santhiee Hj Malek, 35, was found guilty of misappropriating S$198,072.85 of daily sales belonging to the hotel and 18 counts of using a forged deposit slip some time between April 2003 and November 2003.

In his mitigation on behalf of Hjh Teenty, defence counsel Hj Rozaiman is seeking for the court to impose a community service and probation order for his client in lieu of custodial sentence.

Among the grounds for the order was the delay of over six years for the police to complete the investigation into the case before Hjh Teenty was charged in court; and that since she was charged, she has never committed an offence and maintains a clear record.

The defence counsel went on to say that Hjh Teenty is a single mother taking care of two children and if a custodial sentence was imposed, her children would lose financial support from her.

In response, deputy public prosecutor Suriana Radin went on to say that Hjh Teenty had claimed trial; benefitted over S$198,000; and that the defendant had no clear reason why she committed the offence.

Intermediate Court judge Pg Hjh Hanani Pg Hj Metussain is scheduled to deliver her sentencing verdict on July 17. Hjh Teenty is facing up to 10 years in jail and unspecified amount in fines for the misappropriation charge and up to five years in jail with fine for each of the charge of using forged documents.

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