SINGAPORE — A 25-year-old former healthcare assistant with Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) was on Wednesday (27 January) jailed for four months for pocketing $32,241.76 which the hospital mistakenly credited into her bank account over a period of more than year.
Nurul Atiqah Kamsari had been terminated from her job after she failed to report to work without reason for two consecutive days, as per her employment contract.
But the hospital’s human resource department failed to update its records and continued to credit her last drawn monthly salary of $1,630.
The culprit pleaded guilty last month to one charge each of dishonest removal of property and cheating.
Tried to claim medical benefits
Atiqah started working for TTSH in March 2017. The next year, she was given a two-year contract. She was also entitled to shift allowance.
In August 2018, she stopped going to work without reason and was terminated. But her details remained in the hospital’s payroll system and she continued receiving her previously drawn monthly salary until December 2019.
Atiqah knew that the money was being wrongly credited into her account and did not belong to her. But she did not return the cash or inform TTSH about it. Instead, she dishonestly removed the money from her account and used it for her personal expenses.
In October 2019, she went to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) for a consultation. Like TTSH, KTPH is also under the National Healthcare Group.
At the payment counter, Atiqah lied to a KTPH staff that she was still employed by TTSH and hence entitled to staff medical benefits. The KTPH staff then tagged Atiqah’s bill of $29.60 to TTSH’s medical benefit scheme and Atiqah left without having to make any payment.
In January last year, a senior executive with TTSH’s human resource department got to know that Atiqah had been receiving her last drawn salary erroneously. The department then began internal investigations and found out that Atiqah had also abused the hospital’s medical benefit scheme.
For each of her charges of dishonest removal of property and cheating, Atiqah could have been jailed for up to three years and also fined.
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