Kindergarten principal took more than $37,000

Kindergarten principal took more than $37,000

A 60-year-old kindergarten principal has been charged with multiple counts of criminal breach of trust.

Lee Ooi Chun was said to have committed the offences between 2009 and last year.

The six charges that she faced involved amounts of more than $37,000.

Lee, the principal of a PAP Community Foundation (PCF) kindergarten centre in Ang Mo Kio, had allegedly used the cash collected in the school.

Court papers revealed that these were fees for the purchase of class photos, costumes, uniforms and enrichment programmes.

In 2010, Lee was entrusted with a large sum of money which had belonged to Madam Chua Lay Mui, who is believed to be an executive principal in charge of a cluster of PCF kindergartens in Ang Mo Kio.

Roughly $14,000 had allegedly been converted for Lee's own use, court documents showed.

The money was intended as fees for registrations, deposits, insurance, concert tickets and uniforms.

If Lee is found guilty of criminal breach of trust, she can be jailed up to seven years, fined, or both.

This article was first published on August 26, 2014.
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