22 Mar '11, 9pm

27-month jail term for bank scam woman

SINGAPORE - A woman was sentenced to 27 months in jail yesterday for being part of a scam to cheat Standard Chartered bank. Hazel Thea Puyaoan Vicente, a 32-year-old Filipina, used to be a direct sales agent with telemarketing company, Touch & Tech. Standard Chartered had engaged the firm to reach out to prospective applicants, informing them about the unsecured credit facilities it offered. To meet her monthly sales target, Vicente had forged her applicants' payslips, inflating their salaries so that their annual pay would appear to meet the minimum income requirement of the bank. According to court documents, her supervisor, Abdul Karim Baba, 60, a Singaporean, was instrumental in encouraging her to forge the documents. Between July and October 2009, Vicente managed to dupe the bank into disbursing a total of S$411,000 to 39 people. She earned commission of S$3,815 from ...

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