Clerk turns out to be a thief


KUALA LUMPUR: A supposedly diligent employee who missed lunch breaks turned out to be a thief as her employer found her stealing cheques.

Chai Kok Wah, a 43-year-old director of a company selling machinery spare parts, said he never suspected his clerk until he received a phone call from his bank last month, that his accounts had insufficient funds.

“I asked the bank how this happened and they told me I had issued a cheque to my clerk.

“I went to the bank and found out that my clerk had stolen 10 cheques from my company and personal accounts amounting to RM17,900,” Chai told reporters at the MCA Public Services and Complaints Department here yesterday.

CCTV recordings, he said, later showed the clerk entering his room.

Also present was the department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong.

Chai said when he went to the bank and looked at the scanned copies of the cheques banked in, he discovered these to have been forged. As only he or his wife were authorised to issue the cheques, he found that the signatures on these did not match theirs.

“In some cheques, details such as the dates were not clear or altered,” he alleged, adding that he was disappointed with staff at the bank, with whom he had been dealing with for the past 20 years.

The bank, he claimed, had since offered to reimburse some of the amount. Chai also claimed that despite lodging two police reports in November and December, no action had been taken against the 29-year-old.


   

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