Friday, October 23, 2020

Singapore: Company director charged with giving S$178,000 in bribes over 7 years

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The director of a marine logistics and transportation services firm who allegedly doled out S$178,150 in bribes was charged in court on Thursday (Aug 15) with 40 counts of corruption.

Tan Chee Keong, 49, is accused of giving the bribes on 310 occasions to 40 people from the marine industry, including shipping agents and boarding officers.

Tan purportedly did so to advance the business interests of Hai Hup Huat, the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) said in a press release.

Court documents showed that he allegedly committed the offences from 2008 to 2015.

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In one instance, he is said to have bribed a boarding officer employed by Ben Line Agency with S$1,000 over 10 occasions between 2008 and 2013.

He also allegedly bribed another employee of Ben Line Agency, an operations manager, with S$10,000 over five occasions between September 2014 and March 2015.

Related: Singapore, US to return $226 million in 1MDB funds to Malaysia

Between 2011 and 2014, Tan is also accused of giving S$16,000 in bribes over 40 occasions to a shipping agent from V Ships Hansen Singapore.

He is out on bail of S$70,000 and will return to court on Aug 20.

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If convicted of giving bribes, he could be jailed for up to five years, or fined up to S$100,000, or both on each charge under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

“Singapore adopts a zero-tolerance approach towards corruption. It is a serious offence to give bribes to another individual or entity,” the CPIB said in its release.

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