Sentence revised in clerk’s misappropriation case

|     Fadley Faisal     |

THE Court of Appeal recently revised the default imprisonment sentence and grace period given to settle fines in the case of a former bank clerk who committed computer fraud and siphoned off over $80,000 from customers’ accounts.

Nurulhaini binti Haji Nayan, 37, was ordered to pay a $27,500 fine after she pleaded guilty previously in the Intermediate Court to two charges of criminal breach of trust (CBT) and seven charges of computer fraud, or serve 31 months’ jail in default of payment.

The appellate court Justices John Barry Mortimer, David John Leonard and Michael Peter Burrell revised the default sentence to 27 months’ jail and extended the grace period to November 28, 2018.

The appellate court considered Nurulhaini’s lawyer Rozaiman bin Abdul Rahman’s submission that his client has the ability to settle the fines and she is able to make full restitution to the misappropriated amount. Nurulhaini was recruited as a bank teller by a local bank and stationed at its branch at the Setia Kenangan Complex in Kampong Kiulap.

In mid-April 2009, Nurulhaini was assigned as an opening account clerk where her duties included performance accounting and clerical functions as well as closing down dormant accounts.

Nurulhaini misappropriated $82,207.56.

She admitted to having used the money to invest in forex trading and purchase items such as mobile phones, make-up, perfumes and designer goods.