Former legal secretary receives six weeks' jail sentence for forging stamp certificates
A former legal secretary has been found guilty and sentenced to six weeks' jail for forging stamp certificates.
Juliana Abu Bakar forged three stamp certificates from June to November in 2012.
During property conveyance transactions, she would tell homebuyers to pay the stamp duty in cheque form, with the payee's details left blank.
She would then fill in her own name, and deposit the cheques into her own account.
The money was used to pay off her debts.
Juliana covered her tracks by eventually paying the misappropriated stamp duty and late payment penalties.
But the tax authorities acted on a tip-off and investigated several property transactions that she had handled.
The penalty for forging or passing off fake stamp certificates as real ones carries a fine of up to $10,000, and a maximum jail setence of three years.
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