Embezzlement of large sums of money, order to recover proceeds of crime submitted

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance sentenced the suspect S.J.S. (36) born in Singapore for embezzlement, falsifying a cheque and money laundering to 180 days in prison of which 121 days suspended with a probation period of three years and 240 hours of community service.
 
The suspect worked as an accountant for Prestige Time Pieces N.V. and during a period of almost two years, from January 1, 2014 till October 13, 2015, she embezzled according to the Prosecutor's Office US$ 226,047.63 and 40,306 euros.
 
The suspect also falsified a cheque for US$ 5,400. The Prosecutor's Office asked for 12 months in jail fully unconditional. The judge however did not find it proven that S.J.S embezzled all of the above mentioned amount as she wasn't the only person who during this period deposited money.
 
The Prosecutor's Office also submitted an order to recover proceeds of crime for the amounts of US$ 226,047.63 and 40,306 euros, but due to a civil proceeding also taking place to recover the sum of money S.J.S. embezzled, the judge postponed the criminal proceedings concerning the order submitted pending the outcome of the civil proceedings.

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