Woman admits to embezzling from childcare centre while under probe for similar offences

Woman admits to embezzling from childcare centre while under probe for similar offences
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While under investigation for embezzling money from a childcare centre she used to work at, she joined another childcare centre and committed the same offence.

Nuruljannah Ahmad’s later offences were only uncovered after her employer read about her past offences in newspapers and started an audit on the accounts.

In more than a year, Nuruljannah managed to misappropriate nearly $80,000 in school fees paid by parents whose children attended Star Learners Childcare Centre in Compassvale Bow.

The 31-year-old Singaporean pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal breach of trust on Thursday (4 October).

Nuruljannah was hired as a supervisor of Star Learners in December 2014 after she left her previous child care centre.

Her job included collecting monies for payment made by parents or students for childcare fees or other items. She would bring these payments, paid in cash or cheque, home for safekeeping.

The director of the company which operates Star Learners would visit the branch once a month to collect the cash and cheques from Nuruljannah. The director would check the cash collected against a Cash and Cheque Summary (CCS) in which Nuruljannah would record the collections for the month. Nuruljannah also had to sign against a separate payment record.

From 4 January 2015, Nuruljannah misappropriated cash and omitted to record the collections in the CCS. As a result, the CCS she submitted to the director tallied with the amount of money she handed over.

She would also not register new students in the centre’s system and misappropriated the money used for registration.

In total, Nuruljannah misappropriated $78,423 from between 4 January 2015 and 5 February 2016. She used the money for her personal expenses and has not made any restitution.

Nuruljannah committed the offences while she was under investigation for misappropriating monies from her previous employer.

While working as a vice principal for Kinderland Childcare Centre in 2014, she embezzled $9,664 from January to May 2014 and used the money for her personal expenses. A police report was filed on June 20.

On 5 February 2016, Nuruljannah pleaded guilty to her charges and was fined $10,000.

The company director of the Star Learners read about Nuruljannah’s conviction in newspapers and began an audit of Star Learner’s accounts, where the offences were revealed.

Nuruljannah will be sentenced on 2 November.

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