SINGAPORE: The director of a local travel agency has been fined S$12,000 for abetting her friend in providing false quotations to NTUC Club.
53-year-old Jane Loo Yuh Huey provided letterheads of her firm, Experience Tours Services, to her longtime friend, Audrey Ang Geok Kim between September and October 2009.
At that time, 49-year-old Ang was a sales executive at Cultural & Entertainment Holidays, another travel agency. Ang would use the letterheads provided by Loo and put in false quotations to the Marketing Manager of NTUC Club, Jackie Chia Kian Gee.
NTUC Club, which is part of the National Trades Union Congress, manages clubhouses and resorts across Singapore.
Ang had to ask for letterheads from Loo as NTUC Club's procurement policy is to obtain three quotations.
Chia, who was said to be the mastermind of the S$238,500 scam, was sentenced in 2013 to two years and one month for tricking companies into handing over money for fake promotional events.
Defence lawyer Choo Zheng Xi argued in mitigation that Loo should not be given more than a S$6,000 fine for each of the two proceeded charges. He said when Ang contacted Loo in 2007 to ask for a blank copy of Experience Tours' letterhead, Ang told Loo that she had secured a deal.
Loo did not think much of it and sent over the letterhead to help her friend.
Mr Choo added that Loo did not benefit in any way from letting Ang use the company's letterhead.
The defence also noted that Simon Lim Meng Han who was also implicated in the case, received a S$6,000 fine in February 2014 for similar offences.
Loo could have been jailed up to five years and fined S$100,000 per charge. - CNA/ac
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