Accounts clerk jailed for fraud

Fadley Faisal

An accounts clerk who defrauded Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (YSHHB) of over BND12,000 was jailed 11 months by the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Hajah Norizan binti Haji Pudin, 46, pleaded guilty to three charges of committing Criminal Breach of Trust in her capacity as an accounts clerk at YSHHB.

Firstly, on numerous occasions between February 1, 2006 and February 28, 2007, the defendant swindled BND1,007.02 paid to YSHHB School as deposit payments for
student enrolments.

She then pocketed BND4,416.28 deposited for student enrolments on numerous occasions between July 1, 2007 and January 30, 2008.

She then misappropriated BND7,205.98 paid as monthly instalments by homeowners under the YSHHB Housing Scheme at Kampong Bolkiah ‘A’ and ‘B’ on numerous occasions between September 1, 2008 and March 10, 2009.

DPP Dayangku Didi-Nuraza binti Pengiran Haji Abdul Latiff revealed in court that internal investigations led to unearthing the defendant’s deeds. The management at YSHHB confronted her on April 6, 2009 and was given the opportunity to make restitution.

Up until May 11, 2009 the defendant made part restitution of BND2,500 without further restitutions despite her promise to make monthly payments.

On October 17, 2018 the YSHHB Managing Director lodged a police report on a series of Criminal Breach of Trust cases including the defendant’s.

Magistrate Dewi Norlelawati binti Haji Abdul Hamid on handing sentence to the defendant, said there is no exceptional circumstances in the case to justify a non-custodial sentence.

“The defendant abused the trust reposed on her by YSHHB and the victims, committed the offences over a very long period and that in the interim period she had time for reflection of her actions but continued to act to her own advantage,” Magistrate Dewi Norlelawati said on taking into account the aggravating factors of the case while giving consideration to the fact that the defendant was confronted in 2009.