Church accountant jailed

Today Online reports..

“A former accountant of a church has been sentenced to five years’ jail for misappropriating more than S$380,000.

Lim Seng Hoo, 56, admitted to two counts of criminal breach of trust. Lim committed the offences between January 2011 and January 2012 when he was working at the Norwegian Seamen’s Mission Church Singapore. 

As accountant of the church, Lim was given access to its funds and was made an authorised signatory of the church’s bank account. He was also provided with cheques for this account.

Court documents stated that Lim siphoned money from the bank account using various methods. He would issue cheques to himself first and then deposit the money into his own account or encash the cheques later.

Lim would also use the cheques to make payments for his personal bills. He would then try to cover his tracks by disguising the outflow of the cash as loans.

But, in January 2012, the head office of the church in Norway asked about the “unauthorised loans”. Lim said the loans were simply internal transfers of funds. He was only found out when he became uncontactable.

The court heard that no restitution has been made by Lim so far. Lim could have been jailed up to 15 years and fined on each count.”

From http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/56-year-old-who-embezzled-church-funds-jailed-5-years

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One thought on “Church accountant jailed

  1. Five years gaol for a measly SG$380,000-odd ?

    I bet Kong Hee and his friends are feeling a little nervous right now.

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