She took $26,000 of club's receipts

Barely five months into her job at the Seletar Country Club, Norlizatul Aqmar Abdol Razif decided to steal from her employers.

Over a month-long period at the end of last year, the general ledger assistant would pocket money that she collected from the club's Mandai Executive Golf Course.

She was also responsible for collecting cash from the club's jackpot room.

In all, the 31-year-old pocketed more than $26,000 and she was sentenced to three months' jail in January for criminal breach of trust.

Her crime was exposed on Dec 3 when her manager and another accounts manager decided to spring a surprise check on her.

They found that the cash collection did not tally with her daily cash statement.

The next morning, Norlizatul Aqmar admitted that she had taken the money and had not banked it in.

She could have been jailed up to 15 years and fined.

Last month, Seletar Country Club sent out a letter to its members of two recent cases of embezzlement of funds at the club which totalled $36,000.

One involved an accounts assistant and the other a food and beverage supervisor.

Club committee chairman Khoo Teng Chye said both admitted to misappropriating money that was in their charge and have been fired.

The club also made police reports and filed claims with their insurers over the stolen money.

In a bid to prevent any more such cases, Mr Khoo said the club's management and its audit subcommittee have taken "steps to improve the procedures and internal controls relating to the handling and banking in of cash".

The club has also engaged the services of an audit firm to review its procedures relating to cash management in key operational areas as well as payroll and procurement, he added.

"We are very concerned by the discovery of these incidents and take a very serious view of them," wrote Mr Khoo.

He added that the management committee and, in particular, the executive committee, the treasurer and audit committee have been working closely with the club's general manager and staff to not only ensure these incidents do not recur, but that "good financial controls are in place and enforced in all aspects of the club's operations".

The status of the case against the second employee and the remaining amount of money fired is unclear.

The club did not respond to media queries.

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