Former accountant jailed a day for stealing supervisor's dining vouchers

A former accountant at Far East Organization who stole her supervisor's dining vouchers was jailed for a day and fined $3,000 on Thursday.
A former accountant at Far East Organization who stole her supervisor's dining vouchers was jailed for a day and fined $3,000 on Thursday.PHOTO: ST GRAPHICS

SINGAPORE - A former accountant at Far East Organization who stole her supervisor's dining vouchers was jailed for a day and fined $3,000 on Thursday.

The court heard that sometime in 2013, Far East Organization issued Kitchen Language vouchers to staff in 43-year-old Yau Yin May's department.

Regular staff got $200 in vouchers and supervisors $300.

Yau's supervisor Ms Phang Swee Ai, received an envelope containing 30 $10 vouchers and left it in her personal bag in an unlocked desk drawer in Orchard Parade Hotel.

On March 26 last year, Ms Phang found nine of the vouchers missing.

Investigations showed that Yau had stolen them from Ms Phang while she was out at lunch with her colleagues.

She then combined the vouchers with three of her own and spent them on a $120 meal at Dean and Deluca, a restaurant at the Rendevous Hotel.

Pleading for leniency, Yau's defence lawyer Louis Joseph pointed out that Yau had pleaded guilty very early on. He also cited the small amount involved that Yau has since restored to her supervisor.

This was Yau's first brush with the law.

For theft in dwelling, she could have been jailed for up to seven years and fined.

andreang@sph.com.sg