Serial church-funds thief jailed for forging cheque

Serial church-funds thief jailed for forging cheque

SINGAPORE- A man was jailed for a year yesterday for forging a cheque he had taken from an offering bag during a church service.

Simon Khor Hock Huat, 61, admitted to forging the Citibank cheque of Ng Tze Wei by altering the intended payee, New Creation Church, to his own name in March. A second charge of misappropriating the $500 Citibank cheque at Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Bayfront Avenue was taken into consideration.

The court heard that Mr Ng, 37, was attending a worship service at New Creation Church on March 9 when he dropped an envelope with the $500 cheque into the offering bag. Khor, who was at the same service, removed the envelope from the bag.

He then fraudulently altered the cheque by cancelling the payee's name, New Creation Church, by drawing a line across those words and writing his name above the cancellation.

He also forged Mr Ng's signature and wrote his UOB bank account number at the back of the cheque before depositing it.

A staff member from UOB called Mr Ng to confirm if he had issued a cheque in favour of Khor. Mr Ng confirmed that he had not and the cheque was dishonoured.

This is not the first time Khor has committed offences involving churches.

In 2000, he stole a $20,000 cheque from a 59-year-old retiree worshipping at St Andrew's Cathedral and forged her signature.

Ten years ago, he was given preventive detention for theft and cheating offences involving another church. After his release from prison, he committed theft in a dwelling.

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