Ex-KTV lounge employee jailed three years for pocketing $360,000

To pay off her gambling debts, a KTV lounge staff member pocketed close to $360,000 from her employer.

Jasmine Teo Rui Ling, 38, who was an accounts administrator with Legend Palace at Sophia Road, offered to help the cashier bank in the daily takings.

The cashier agreed to the arrangement, and would hand over the daily cash proceeds to Teo in a ziplock bag.

But Teo did not bank in the full sum and tried to cover up discrepancies in the accounts with cash proceeds from subsequent days. 

The offences took place between December 2012 and March 2013, reported The Straits Times.

Confronted the woman

Her colleagues later discovered that the funds deposited was less than the $359,280.60 noted in sales reports.

They confronted her and gave her a chance to return the money.

But by March 22 last year, she had paid back only $160,000. A police report was then made.

To date, $188,000 has been returned.

Gambling addiction

On Wednesday, Teo was sentenced to three years’ jail for committing criminal breach of trust.

Teo was previously jailed in 2004 and 2009 for offences which included criminal breach of trust.

Defence counsel Surian Sidambaram said Teo committed the crimes due to her gambling addiction, which she started seeking treatment for in 2011.

She had stopped gambling, but committed her most recent crime to pay off debts that had arisen from the habit, her lawyer said.

Teo is out on $50,000 bail. The judge granted her request to spend time with her children over the Chinese New Year period. She will start serving her sentence on Feb 24.

Source: The Straits Times