Former administrative assistant jailed for cheque forgery

SINGAPORE - A former administrative assistant who misappropriated more than $53,000 over a year was sentenced to 13 months' jail on Tuesday for forging cheques.

Angnes Tan, 26, was an administrative and accounts assistant at an architect firm when she committed the offences between April 2013 and March 2014.

She was responsible for preparing cheques and issuing them to consultants engaged by the company.

Tan would write the payee's names in pencil before getting the directors of the company to sign the cheques. She would then erase the payee's name and write in her own name before depositing the cheques into her bank account.

Over a period of 12 months, she forged a total of nine cheques amounting to more than $53,000.

Tan pleaded guilty to three counts of cheque forgery on April 16.

For each count of forgery, she could have been jailed up to 15 years and fined.