School clerk fined $7,200 for cheating 12 parents

Halijah was found out when a parent complained to the principal of Coral Primary in Pasir Ris.

SINGAPORE - A clerk handling financial assistance schemes for pupils in Coral Primary School cheated 12 parents of $3,085 in 2009 and 2010.

Halijah Manaf, 49, fraudulently collected between $145 and $331 for computers that had been given to eight children at a subsidised rate or free under the NEU-PC programme.

She also convinced four parents whose children were beneficiaries in another project that $280 had been deposited into each child's account by mistake and they should return the money to her. The money was financial aid to the pupils under the Green for Hope project.

Yesterday, Halijah pleaded guilty to cheating and was fined a total of $7,200.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Haniza Abnass told a district court that all the victims had been reimbursed by the school in Pasir Ris.

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