A former HR executive of GMC Global has been sentenced to a six year and nine months jail term for offences including forgery and cheating which involved about $1.2 million.
According to reports from The Straits Times, Jaslyn Chen Xiaohong, 27, faced a total of 29 charges including theft, pleaded guilty yesterday (July 27) to six counts of cheating and two of forgery. The remaining charges were taken into consideration for her sentence.
While Chen was working for GMC Global, her responsibilities included managing GMC Global’s payroll as well as that of its related companies – including its subsidiary, GMG Investments.
“Every month, she had to prepare a payment instruction letter to United Overseas Bank (UOB). These letters contained a list of employees and their salaries for the given month. UOB would debit GMG’s bank account and credit the stated salaries into the employees’ bank accounts,” The Straits Times wrote.
Starting April 2014, while preparing the monthly payment instruction letter to United Overseas Bank (UOB), Chen allegedly included “Chen Xiaohong” as a payee on the letter, together with a salary she was not entitled to and her bank account details. Thereafter, she would place the letters before GMG’s authorised signatories to get their signatures.
“She did not use her full name, but only her Chinese name, to avoid detection,” The Straits Times wrote.
Apart from getting the signature of one of the authorised signatories, Chen allegedly forged a signature to sign the instruction letter as the other authorised signatory.
According to deputy public prosecutor Eugene Sng, Chen did this because she had not received a salary increment.
“She was not entitled to these large payments as her $2,900-a-month salary was managed through a separate system,” The Straits Times highlighted. After these offences came to light in December 2015, Chen was terminated by GMC Global.
What happened to the money?
The Straits Times reported that Chen had used the illegally acquired money for her personal expenses.
“Police seized a total of $271,585 from her bank account. The outstanding amount is $974,000,” The Straits Times wrote.
According to The Straits Times, Chen’s lawyer said in mitigation that her 63-year-old father is suffering from colon cancer and is undergoing treatment. Chen’s lawyer added that his client had tried to commit suicide twice due to stress caused by calls from police for interviews.
“Chen, who has a theft conviction, could have been jailed for up to 10 years and fined for cheating and forgery,” The Straits Times reported.