Ex-OCBC bank teller jailed 26 weeks for misappropriating cash to fund gambling

SINGAPORE – To fund his gambling downside, an OCBC Bank teller took cash from a cash bag he was handed at the beginning of his shift that was meant to be put into his teller drawer.

To cover his criminality from inspection, Zechariah Wong An Yi cast the signatures of his father and a buddy, and made cash withdrawals from their accounts to exchange the lacking cash.

On Monday (April 25), Wong, now 26, was sentenced to 26 weeks’ imprisonment for felony breach of belief and misappropriating shut to $10,000. Four different expenses involving forgery have been considered for his sentencing.

The court docket heard that Wong informed a colleague on Nov 28, 2019, that he had taken cash from his cash bag and requested if he might borrow $3,800 from her to exchange it.

His colleague declined and the difficulty was raised to their department supervisor.

Investigations discovered that on quite a few events between Oct 1 and Nov 28, 2019, Wong would take just a few hundred {dollars} from his cash bag to fund his gambling behavior. He misappropriated $9,989 in whole.

He typically positioned bets on soccer matches.

Wong used OCBC’s signature verification system to entry the signatures of his father and his buddy, and cast their signatures to make withdrawals from their accounts. Neither of them was current when the withdrawals have been made. 

The court docket heard that they don’t count on Wong to pay them again.

Wong’s lawyer, Mr Jason Peter Dendroff, urged the court docket for a probation suitability report to be made, citing a psychiatrist’s report that had discovered a causal hyperlink between Wong’s offence and his gambling dysfunction.

He added that his consumer was being harassed by mortgage sharks.

However, Deputy Public Prosecutor Samyata Ravindran countered that common deterrence outweighed rehabilitation within the mild of Wong’s age on the time of the offence and the truth that such offences involving monetary establishments undermine the general public’s belief in them.

District (*26*) Ronald Gwee agreed with the prosecution, noting the seriousness of Wong’s offences over a interval of two months, which the accused had lined up.

(*26*) Gwee mentioned that whereas there might not have been financial loss to the bank, restoring the cash in the way in which Wong had achieved didn’t make it proper.

The decide additionally requested that the psychiatric report be despatched to the jail service for Wong to be handled if deemed vital.

For felony breach of belief whereas being employed by OCBC as a bank teller with cash entrusted to him, Wong might have been jailed for up to 30 years and fined.

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