06 Jun '11, 7am

Woman jailed 59 months for forgery

SINGAPORE: A former personal secretary was sentenced Monday to 59 months' jail for forging her ex-boss' signature on cheques to embezzle over S$1.3 million to go shopping. Samantha Chiam Hwee Theng, formerly from Triple Electronic, who pleaded guilty to nine of the 33 charges against her, committed the offences between February 2006 and February 2009. Chiam had forged the signature of the company's 38-year-old director, Mr Wu Chin Wei, before using the money for her own use. In mitigation, her lawyer, Mr Andrew Tan had said that his client suffered from a condition known as "shopaholic disorder". He added that she "readily lost control" in the habit once she started shopping. Chiam had reported spending at least S$10,000 in Louis Vuitton and S$30,000 in Chanel each time she entered the stores, said Mr Tan. Citing a report by Dr Lim Yun Chin, a psychiatrist from Raffles Hos...

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