Former hotel worker jailed four weeks for forging staff payment vouchers

SINGAPORE - A former banquet coordinator who tried to pocket staff payments at the hotel where she worked was jailed four weeks for forgery on Monday.

Lynn Cai Huiling, 32, was responsible for hiring waiting staff for events at Orchard Hotel and handled payment vouchers for part-timers.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Stacey Ann Fernandez said investigation showed that Cai took five blank payment vouchers without authorisation from the hotel's security office on Oct 29, 2010.

She filled them out with the particulars of five Chinese nationals who had previously worked there part-time, to deceive the hotel into paying them a total of $405 in cash.

After submitting the vouchers to the duty manager the next day, the assistant security manager discovered discrepancies between the vouchers and the records of part-time staff who had reported for work on the date shown.

He reported his suspicions to his supervisor.

Cai admitted that she kept a written record of the names of former part-time employees, forged the payment vouchers and used them to submit false claims. She surrendered the $405.

After her arrest on Nov 1 that year, investigation by Tanglin police division showed other instances of forgery.

Cai faced 122 forgery charges involving $9,289 in 2010. She admitted 10 involving $966.

She made full restitution of the remaining $8,884 last October.

Her lawyer Chung Ping Shen said in mitigation that Cai had been facing debt problems but had turned her life around.

The mother of two had the 112 other charges taken into consideration.

She could have been jailed for up to four years and/or fined on each charge.