Home News Woman convicted of keeping S$17,000 mistakenly transferred to her account

Woman convicted of keeping S$17,000 mistakenly transferred to her account

The accused, who has made full restitution, has been jailed for 24 days

Author

Date

Category

- Advertisement -

Singapore — A 32-year-old woman has been sent to jail for keeping S$17,000 that was mistakenly transferred to her bank account.

On Jan 17, 2019, Ambikai discovered an excess of S$17,000 in her bank account. According to a mothership.sg report, the money did not belong to her as she had only S$500 in her account, an amount she planned to withdraw that day.

Ambikai withdrew S$3,000 and spent S$1,000 on personal expenses. She pocketed the remaining S$2,000.

On the same day, she transferred S$5,000 to her boyfriend’s bank account, the report noted.

- Advertisement -

Ambikai withdrew the remaining S$9,000 the following day and gave it to her brother-in-law. She also gave him the S$2,000 she took on Jan 17 as he needed cash for home renovations.

The next month, on Feb 5, a 65-year-old woman lodged a police report regarding her missing cash. It was indicated in court documents that the elderly woman fell victim to a love scam and had transferred money to various accounts, including Ambikai’s.

On Feb 12, Ambikai was identified by police and investigations began. She was arrested on June 16, 2020.

She was charged with dishonestly misappropriating the S$17,000 transferred to her account on a mistake.

The New Paper reported on Thursday (Dec 31) that Ambikai had pleaded guilty to her charge and was sentenced to 24 days in jail.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Audrey Choo said: “She was fully aware that this excess sum did not belong to her, as she should have had only S$500 in her account which she wished to withdraw that day.”

Ambikai knew the money was not hers to keep and yet did not make attempts to contact the rightful owner.

In her defence, her lawyer informed District Judge Ronald Gwee during mitigation that Ambikai was the sole breadwinner of the family and her parents were greatly dependent on her.

She has made full restitution to the victim. /TISG

Read related: DBS Bank says “very difficult” to stop questionable transactions

DBS Bank says “very difficult” to stop questionable transactions

Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

Writer Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh outlines reasons for hope amid 4G succession crisis

Singapore—In a piece for new media outfit thehomeground.asia, writer Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh argues that there are “reasons” for hope in spite of the shock waves the country received last week over the PAP’s leadership succession. Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat announced...

Ho Ching shares 7 posts by Chan Chun Sing in 15 minutes

Singapore – Temasek Holdings chief executive and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's wife Madam Ho Ching shared nine Facebook posts by Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chung Sing on Tuesday (April 13), seven of them within 15 minutes. Madam Ho, known to be...

Calvin Cheng cautions: “The PAP needs to remember how to be a political party”

Singapore -- Former Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Calvin Cheng took to social media to say that the era of Lee Kuan Yew-style politics was over. In a Facebook post on Tuesday (Apr 13), Mr Cheng wrote about politics in Singapore. “For half...
Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

Theindependent