FORMER BANK TELLER CONVICTED FOR MISAPPROPRIATING CASH FROM THE BANK

Legal Judicial

On 25 April 2022, a 26-year-old Singaporean, Zechariah Wong An Yi (“Wong”), a former bank teller of Overseas-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited (“OCBC”), was convicted and sentenced to 26 weeks’ imprisonment for the offence of criminal breach of trust by servant under Section 408 of the Penal Code (Cap 224, 2008 Rev Ed) (“Penal Code”), read with Section 124(8)(a)(i) of the Criminal Procedure Code (Cap 68, 2012 Rev Ed) (“CPC”), which charge is framed under Section 124(2) of the CPC. Four forgery charges under Section 465 of the Penal Code were taken into consideration for sentencing.

Investigations revealed that between 1 October and 28 November 2019, whilst working as a bank teller in OCBC, Wong misappropriated cash totalling $9,989 from his cash bag on multiple occasions, to fund his gambling activities.

Wong avoided detection from the bank by replacing the misappropriated money in his cash bag using money from his father’s and friend’s bank accounts. Wong forged his father’s and friend’s signatures on cash withdrawal forms to withdraw money from their accounts.

The offence of criminal breach of trust by servant under Section 408 of the Penal Code read with Section 124(8)(a)(i) of the CPC, which charge is framed under Section 124(2) of the CPC, carries a jail term of up to 30 years and a fine.

Source: Singapore Police Force