Mediacorp producer jailed 8 months for money-mule offences

A technical producer with MediaCorp allowed her POSBbank account to be used to receive about $388,000 that was stolen from the bank account of a Russian businesswoman in Barcelona.

Once the money was in, Khanim Omar withdrew the funds that very day and passed it to Norlita Buang, 31, at a fast food outlet in King Albert Park.

On Thursday, Khanim, 51, was jailed for eight months. She had pleaded guilty to receiving and transferring stolen property.

A district court heard that she got to know a Wayne Derache through a dating website in January last year. About five months later, he asked her for her help to allow her bank account to be used to receive payments from overseas. In return, he would pay her $15,000.

From July 26 to Aug 1 last year, she received three overseas remittances totalling $387,768 from the Sabadell Atlantico bank in Barcelona. It had received emails purportedly from Ms Ksenia Korsun instructing it to transfer certain amounts of money to Khanim's bank account.

Ms Korsun, 40, lodged a police report on Aug 8.

Khanim has surrendered $4,000 of the $15,386 she received.

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