Man jailed for misappropriating S$343,000 from Gleneagles Hospital, forging patients' signatures

31/5/2022 9:51:00 AM

Man jailed for misappropriating S$343,000 from Gleneagles Hospital, forging patients' signatures

Man jailed for misappropriating S$343,000 from Gleneagles Hospital, forging patients' signatures

SINGAPORE — A manager at Gleneagles Hospital misappropriated more than S$343,000 from his employer by amending patients' bills and pocketing their cash refunds, forging some patients' signatures in order to avoid detection.

Thomas Ng Eng How, 48, was on Tuesday (May 31) jailed for three years and nine months after pleading guilty to one amalgamated charge of criminal breach of trust by an employee and eight charges of forgery.I would like to share my experience with the aim of urging patients and their families to be more understanding and patient.Posted on 30 May 2022 | 753 views | 1 comment Osmond Chia The Straits Times May 27, 2022 A man met a Secondary 3 girl half his age at a Japanese-inspired Harajuku group event, where they developed feelings for each other.I would like to share my experience with the aim of urging patients and their families to be more understanding and patient.

Another 30 similar charges were considered for sentencing.The offences, which took place from 2016 to 2018, were only discovered through an extensive audit on Gleneagles Hospital and other facilities under Parkway Hospitals Singapore.I received a call at 7am on a Saturday earlier this month from a senior obstetrician about a patient with abdominal pain that she needed to refer to me.Auditors noticed a large amount of cash refunds issued by Gleneagles Hospital as a result of Ng's actions, and the hospital made a police report in January 2018.On Friday (May 27), the man, who cannot be named due to a gag order to protect the victim's identity, was jailed for two years and four months after earlier pleading guilty to three charges of having sex with a minor.As a business office manager, Ng was able to make amendments to patients' bills in the hospital's computer system, although he was instructed to first obtain his superiors' authorisation.I saw the patient, Mrs J, who is in her 30s, with her husband, at about 8.During his employment, Ng learnt that the hospital had a practice of offering patients discounts or bill reductions by downgrading their hospital beds from time to time.30am.

The discounts and reductions were implemented by amending the patient's bill.Mrs J appeared to be in great distress.He was unemployed and had a girlfriend at the time of the offence.This could be done even after the bill had been fully paid and the patient discharged.The patient would then be issued a cash refund.She told me she had right upper abdominal pain.Ng saw in this an opportunity to misappropriate cash belonging to the hospital, the court heard.It was at one of the group's events that he got to know the girl, then 14.Each month, he would identify bills involving patients who were foreigners, that were not covered by any insurance, and that amounted to more than S$30,000.She had also been vomiting for the last 24 hours.She had also been vomiting for the last 24 hours.

He selected these patients as he believed they were unlikely to return to Gleneagles Hospital as often as local patients, and less likely to discover that cash refunds had been issued in their name.After these patients had made full payment to the hospital and been discharged, Ng would amend their bills to reduce the final amounts or instruct his subordinates to do so.She could not lie flat, and had to coil up on the examination couch.She studied on the floor while the man played with his phone on his bed.He would then process the cash refunds and keep them.In some cases, Ng tried to avoid detection by forging the signatures of the affected patients on cash refund slips issued by the hospital, to give the impression that they had acknowledged receiving the payments.I needed her to be hospitalised for an ultrasound scan and laboratory tests as well as for her to be given pain relief and intravenous antibiotics.He forged such signatures on 36 occasions from March 2017 to January 2018, for amounts ranging up to more than S$26,000.The man was aware that he was unlawfully having sex with a minor, stated court documents.As she was in her third trimester, the foetal wellbeing will also be monitored.

Ng used the misappropriated money to fund his personal expenses, including gambling and buying a car.Any significant abdominal conditions in a pregnant mother can trigger premature labour, which would lead to premature birth.He was arrested on Jan 12, 2018.About S$10,700 was recovered at the time, which was returned to Gleneagles Hospital.Mr and Mrs J understood and agreed to my plan.The prosecution said:"(The mother) and the victim's step-sister then confronted the accused.Ng later made partial restitution of S$48,000 to the hospital in March 2018.Deputy Public Prosecutor Dhiraj G Chainani sought at least four-and-a-half years' jail, arguing that Ng's offences took place over a significant period of time and were difficult to detect.Fifteen minutes later, my staff told me the hospital was full.Fifteen minutes later, my staff told me the hospital was full.

Ng abused the trust placed in him as a manager and"carefully adopted a modus operandi" to misappropriate the money, said the prosecutor.Seeking at least 30 months’ jail for the man, Deputy Public Prosecutor Colin Ng said that the girl was sexually exploited and morally corrupted by the man who taught her how to perform sexual acts.In sentencing, the judge also took into consideration Ng's remorse shown by his plea of guilt and partial restitution.Unfortunately, I got the same answer that the hospital was full.Ng could have been jailed up to 15 years and fined for committing criminal breach of trust as an employee.The offence of forging a document purporting to acknowledge payment is also punishable with up to 15 years' jail and a fine.But again, it was full.In mitigation, the defence said no force was used in committing the rape and argued that the man, who hopes to get married after his sentence, had an intellectual disability.CNA For more reports like this, visit.So was the separate obstetrics ward.

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