Former legal secretary jailed for misappropriating funds
A former legal secretary was on Wednesday jailed 40 months for misappropriating funds from the law firm she worked for.
Noriza Aziz, 44, who worked at the firm for almost 11 years, was slapped with a total of 209 charges: 161 counts of forgery, and 48 charges of falsifying accounts.
The offences took place between December 2006 and May 2013.
Part of her job included paying for the firms expenses out of her own pocket, which would then be reimbursed through cheques she prepared and were signed by a director of the company.
Beginning in December 2006, she would leave a space in front of the figures that she wrote, so that after they were signed, she could alter the figures to inflate them.
For instance, on May 14, 2007, she added the figure "4" and the words "four thousand" to a cheque that was initially made out for $347.10.
This now meant the cheque was paying out $4,347.10.
Read the full report in our print edition on May 14.
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