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157K theft lands former teller in jail

Nanise Loanakadavu
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A FORMER ANZ Bank officer convicted of three counts of money laundering involving more than $157,000 has been sentenced to six years imprisonment.

The accused would be eligible for parole after five years.

Doreen Singh, 34, was sentenced by Justice Salesi Temo yesterday afternoon.

The court heard that on the first count, Singh directly engaged in a transaction involving a cheque from the Fiji Electricity Authority amounting to $50,200.

On the second count between September and November 2008 Singh withdrew $21,380 from two different ANZ bank accounts.

On the third count she engaged in a transaction involving another FEA cheque to the amount of $85,843.94.

In sentencing Singh, Justice Temo said she had seriously breached her employer's trust.

He told Singh the ANZ Bank had depended on her to serve the public honestly and diligently.

"As a teller, you were expected to be upright, honest and hardworking, but you turned into a devious and lying ANZ Bank teller by openly flouting bank procedures and policies," Justice Temo said.

On counts one, two and three, Singh was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.

However, because of her mitigating factors, Justice Temo deducted four years, leaving six years to be served concurrent to each other.

Justice Temo said this should be a warning to those who work in banks and other financial institutions not to undermine their employers from within or they would suffer the same fate as Singh.





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