Indian national jailed for running off with employer’s cash in Singapore

Singapore (TIP): An Indian national was jailed for three-and-a-half years on Monday for encashing
cheques worth 4,70,000 Singapore dollars of his employer and absconding to Malaysia in March.
Bahurudeen Kuthpudeen, 44, pleaded guilty to one count each of criminal breach of trust and removing
from Singapore the benefits of his criminal conduct, reported The Straits Times Tuesday.
The court heard that his employer, AM Mohamed Farook, who operates the Mohamed Thahir Exchange
in Collyer Quay, signed three cheques for a total amount of 4,69,900 Singapore dollars at around 3 pm
on March 27. The cheques were meant to be encashed for the purchase of foreign currencies.
He handed the cheques to an employee known only as Babu, who passed them to Bahurudeen. The
business development manager then encashed the cheques at an RHB Bank branch at the nearby Cecil
Street.
Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Melissa Ng said: “Instead of returning to the company, the accused left
Singapore via the Woodlands Checkpoint bus hall at 4.46 pm for Malaysia.” When his colleagues failed
to find him, they alerted AM Mohamed. He tried to contact Bahurudeen on his mobile phone, but
received a ringtone that is usually heard in overseas calls.
He then lodged a police report. DPP Ng told District Judge Luke Tan that Bahurudeen was later detained
at the border of Kedah when he attempted to leave Malaysia for Thailand. Cash totalling almost USD
24,000 was found in his possession and seized. (PTI)

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