Case of former POB officer stalled by confusion over amount stolen

BY ROMINAH FAKA

THE case of a former Pan Oceania Bank (POB) officer Shuyee Eli Yan accused of stealing and forgery is being stalled by the amount the accused is supposed to have stolen.

Court, prosecution and defence cannot agree on a specific figure to the amount which Ms Shuyee is accused of stealing.

On Tuesday this week the matter was listed at the magistrate court for sentencing submissions by counsels in corrections of the amount the accused took and the agreed facts to be settled.  

However, the matter was administratively suspended to Tuesday next week as the presiding magistrate attended a Family Protection Unit training on Tuesday.

Yan plead guilty on previous hearing to 16 counts in total, four forgery charges and 12 larceny by servant’s charges.

The accused Shuyee was charged with the following offense between 28 June 2021 and 26 August 2022, when she worked as one of the Bank Officers for the Pan Oceanic Bank (POB).

The prosecution alleged defendant stole a large amount of money between 28 June 2021 and 26 August 2022 from Saibuloa Landowners Association’s account by transferring through interest banking to the account of other POB customers or users.

The allegations state that those customers would then withdraw the money from their account and give the money to the accused Yan.

The prosecution further alleged she received a total of $350,500 after giving commissions to the customers that she used to transfer money to their account and they will withdraw the money for her (accused).

The prosecution also alleged Yan forged a document namely Application to Release Dormant Account Status of the Dangi Tughu account that contains the forged signatures of the three signatories of the Dangi Tughu account.

Yan also accused of forging a letter titled Authorization to Transferring of Funds from Dangi Tughu account to Saibuloa Landowners Association account that contains forged signatories of Dangi Tughu account.

She was further accused of forging a POB withdrawal slip with the sum, of $ 25,000 under the Dangi Tughu account that contains forged signatures of the two signatories of the Dangi Tughu account.

Vernon Taupongi of Office of Director of Public Prosecution appears for Crown and Delilah Kukura of Public Solicitor Office appears for the accused.

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