3 months jail for officer who pocketed $12,000 in public funds

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A FORMER government official who pleaded guilty to pocketing over $12,000 in public funds last week was sentenced to serve three months’ imprisonment for criminal breach of trust yesterday at the Intermediate Court.

It was previously reported that Tapak/Zamil Tingkah, 54, had previously been a tradesman with the Public Works Department when he took $12,300 from the daily collection of the Rasau Toll Booth in Belait in 2014.

During a two-week period between late August and mid-September in 2014, Tapak collected the toll payments made by motorists to use the Rasau bridge on the way to the border but failed to hand the money over to the unit, keeping it instead for his own use.

The defendant’s actions were discovered on September 14, 2014 by his superiors who then alerted the authorities.

Following investigations by the Commercial Crime Investigation Division, the defendant was brought to court and charged with the offence under section 408 of the Penal Code.

The presiding Judge Ramzidah PDKD Col (Rtd) Hj Abd Rahman handed down the sentence to be served with effect from the day he pleaded guilty yesterday after taking into account the defendant’s previously unblemished record and his guilty plea at first instance.

The defendant has since repaid all the money he had kept for himself to the state in November 2014.

He had been facing a maximum five years’ imprisonment with fine for the offence prior to yesterday’s sentencing.

The Brunei Times