Singapore Jails 2 Senior Officials

The former protocol chief of Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs was sentenced to 15 months of jail this Thursday for cheating with public money, while a senior anti-graft official was sentenced to ten years for misappropriation in a separate lawsuit. Lim Cheng Hoe, 61, was the former chief of protocol, had pleaded guilty to cheating by increasing the expenses of involving the purchase of wine and pineapple tarts.

Lim was also convicted of ten counts for cheating approximately 35,000 Singapore dollars. He was also charged to 50 counts of cheating totaling some 54,000 Singapore dollars, which were taken into consideration in sentencing. Lim made the false claims between February 2008 and May 2012. He made claims for more than 10,000 boxes of pineapple tarts when only 2,200 boxes were purchased .He had become acquainted with the shopkeepers selling the tarts and had asked them for blank receipts and filled them up himself. Whereas, Edwin Yeo Seow Hiong, 39, a former assistant director at the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau, was sentenced to ten years in jail for criminal breach of trust. He misappropriated over 1.75 million Singapore dollars and committed forgery between 2009 and 2012.

The court heard that the former head of field research and technical support at the world-renowned anti-graft body misappropriated the money that was intended to be used for the purchase of goods and services the department needed. Yeo used a false receiving voucher to trick the assistant director of the administration and the support department into believing that full payment had been made for the purchase of some equipment by the agency.

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