Inong Melinda Dee

Inong Melinda Dee

Jakarta 8 March 2012. A panel of judges sentenced former Citibank customer relations manager Inong Melinda Dee on Wednesday (7 March 2012) to eight years in prison and US$1.09 million in fines for embezzling customers’ funds.

She went on a spending spree for big ticket items such as luxury cars, apartments and houses after stealing the money.

Melinda is said to have swindled up to $4.7 million from the bank’s premium clients. She reportedly ordered 117 transfers from her Citigold clients’ accounts to her and her acquaintances’ accounts between 2007 and 2011.

According to The Straits Times, her husband, younger sister and brother-in-law were also sentenced to jail terms ranging from two to four years for money laundering.

Her embezzlement came to light after one of Citi’s clients alerted the bank of unauthorised transfer from her account.

Last year, Indonesia imposed a ban on Citibank’s credit card and wealth management businesses over the alleged embezzlement, as well as the death of its client after questioning by debt collectors.