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Malaysian store manager in Singapore jailed for embezzling more than S$56,000 from sushi chain

Cheah Chen Cay arriving in state court on June 6, 2022. – TODAY pic

Tuesday, June 07, 2022 10:19 AM MYT

SINGAPORE, June 7 – A Genki Sushi store manager who embezzled over S$56,000 (RM178,555.37) in six months was yesterday jailed for five months.

Cheah Chen Cay, a 27-year-old Malaysian, pleaded guilty to committing criminal breach of trust.

Deputy Attorney General (DPP) Chong Kee En said Cheah was previously a store manager at the sushi chain’s Orchard Central store – a position he had held since January 2020.

As part of his duties, Cheah was required to deposit the cash proceeds of daily sales into the company’s bank account on a daily basis the following morning.

On 23 occasions between June and December 2020, he embezzled a total of S$56,119.30 from the company’s vault.

The theft was only discovered in January last year when the finance department of Maxim, Genki’s parent company, carried out a thorough check of the sushi chain’s accounts receivable and discovered anomalies.

Cheah was questioned during an internal investigation, but he claimed he could not remember what happened to the stolen money.

However, as he was afraid of the missing money investigation, Cheah deposited S$32,215 into the company’s account on June 21 this year.

However, as the source of the deposit was unknown, further investigations were carried out by Maxim.

Cheah was re-examined and he eventually confessed to stealing the money after being questioned by several department heads. He also admitted that he kept the rest of the undeposited money at his house.

However, when police raided his home, they were only able to recover S$20,664.60 which was kept in 23 separate plastic bags, DPP Chong said, as he sought a five-year prison sentence. at six months.

Cheah returned S$3,239.70 to Genki yesterday, months after his job was terminated by Genki on September 15 last year.

Under Section 467 of the Penal Code, anyone who commits a criminal breach of trust can be imprisoned for up to seven years or fined, or both. – TODAY