22 Mar '11, 7am

4th Filipino jailed for cheating bank

SINGAPORE: A fourth Filipino was sentenced to jail on Tuesday for being part of a scam to cheat Standard Chartered bank. Thirty-two-year-old Hazel Thea Puyaoan Vicente, who used to be a direct sales agent with telemarketing company, Touch & Tech, will be imprisoned for two years and three months. Standard Chartered had engaged the firm to reach out to prospective customers of its unsecured credit facilities. But to meet her monthly sales target, Vicente had forged her applicants' pay slips, inflating their salaries so that their annual pay would appear to meet the minimum income requirement laid down by the bank. In some cases, she also doctored their letters of extension for employment as the bank will only approve applicants who have a minimum of one year validity remaining on their employment passes. Based on court documents, her then-60-year-old Singaporean boss, Abdul...

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