Ex-RBS Bond Trader Gets 50 Months in Hong Kong Jail for Fraud in trying to hide losses of 19.5 million pounds ($30.8 million)

Ex-RBS Trader Gets 50 Months in Hong Kong Jail for Fraud

Shirlina Tsang, a former Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc (RBS) trader who pleaded guilty in Hong Kong to fraud for trying to hide losses of 19.5 million pounds ($30.8 million), was sentenced to 50 months in jail. Tsang, 43, created false records of her bond trading from mid-2010 until Oct. 14, 2011 to make it appear she was generating profit at the Edinburgh-based bank, according to the prosecution’s charge sheet. RBS said it discovered the fraud two years ago after an internal review, notified the authorities and fired her.

“This is an extremely serious offense,” District Court Judge Garry Tallentire said today. Tsang could’ve been jailed for as long as seven years.

Tsang was remorseful, admitted her mistake to RBS and repaid the bank her bonus, her lawyer Edwin Choy told the judge today. Tsang’s “colossal misjudgment” was due to work stress and depression caused by her brother’s death, he said in his mitigation plea.

Anita Chow, another of Tsang’s lawyers, declined to comment on her sentence after the hearing.

“RBS takes any matter of this nature very seriously,” said Yuk Min Hui, a spokeswoman for the bank in Hong Kong. “We have been cooperating fully with all relevant authorities.”

RBS, Britain’s biggest publicly owned lender after a record 45.5 billion pound bailout in 2008, reported net income of 535 million pounds in the first half, compared with a 2 billion-pound loss in the year earlier period.

The case is Hong Kong SAR v Tsang Pui-Yu, Shirlina, DCCC326/2013, Hong Kong District Court.

To contact the reporter on this story: Douglas Wong in Hong Kong at dwong19@bloomberg.net

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