THE owner of a store selling baby products says she has lost over RM90,000 in cash and products because of a dishonest former employee.
Ng Seok Peng, 32, the owner of the shop called Beloved Baby, said she discovered discrepancies in her company accounts and items missing from her store in Bandar Baru Medan Ipoh three months ago.
“Upon further investigation, I found that as much as RM30,000 worth of cash transactions were not recorded while receipts were not issued to customers.
“Eventually, I managed to narrow it down to one of my employees, a female aged 25, who I also discovered had set up an account on the Shopee online shopping site to sell the products she stole from my shop,” she said.
Ng, who was speaking to reporters at a press conference held by Perak MCA Public Service and Complaints Bureau chief Jimmy Loh at the Perak MCA headquarters on Sunday, also said the employee eventually admitted to stealing from her and even signed a written confession.
“She asked to pay me back RM50,000 every month, but again last month, I found out that she is still selling the products she took from me and taking money from unsuspecting members of the public. There were also people who deposited money in the girl’s bank account and that of her family members, but did not receive any products and have come looking for me. One victim paid as much as RM9,000,” she said.
Ng added that she was also suspicious of another employee but did not have proof of any wrongdoing by latter.
“The reason why I’ve come to the press is to warn the public about buying cheap baby products purportedly sold by Beloved Baby. Also, the warranty for the products will only be valid if bought from an official distributor, which means to say products bought from my former employee do not come with warranties.
“However, I am willing to register their products for them provided they have lodged a police report and come to me to do so by Jan 11,” she said.
Loh advised the public not to be taken in by cheap buys, especially products for babies and children.
“Make your purchases at a valid store and always insist on an official receipt,” he said.
Ng can be contacted at 017-212 0688.