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ABOUT THE CASE

City Harvest Church (CHC) founder Kong Hee and five others are on trial for allegedly misusing more than $50 million of church funds through sham bonds.

This includes $24 million to fund Kong's pop singer-wife Sun Ho's music career, and another $26.6 million to cover up the first amount.

The six face varying charges for criminal breach of trust (CBT) and/or falsifying accounts.

Those found guilty of committing CBT can be jailed for life or a maximum of 20 years and fined on each charge.

Those found guilty of falsifying accounts can be jailed for up to 10 years and fined on each charge.

The six are:

Kong Hee (above)

  • Facing three counts of CBT
  • Founded CHC in 1989; now a senior pastor there
  • President of church management board from 1992 to 2011
  • Represented by lawyer and Member of Parliament for Moulmein-Kallang GRC, Mr Edwin Tong.

Tan Ye Peng

  • Facing six counts of CBT and four of falsifying accounts
  • Deputy senior pastor at CHC
  • Appointed to church board in 1995, elected vice-president in 2007; on church finance committee from July 2006 to June 2007
  • Founder of City Care, a social enterprise related to the church
  • Represented by Senior Counsel (SC) N Sreenivasan

Chew Eng Han

  • Facing six counts of CBT and four of falsifying accounts
  • A church stalwart who served as vice-president and treasurer
  • Key person behind City Harvest's move to Suntec in 2005
  • Sole director of investment firm AMAC Capital Partners, which transacted with the church
  • Left the church in June 2013 in an acrimonious split prompted by "a collision of primarily spiritual and moral principles"
  • Will represent himself after discharging SC Michael Khoo this year

John Lam Leng Hung

  • Facing three counts of CBT
  • Church board member since 1993; has served as treasurer and secretary, and sits on audit committee
  • A former director of Xtron
  • Represented by SC Kenneth Tan

Serina Wee Gek Yin

  • Facing six counts of CBT and four of falsifying accounts
  • Former finance manager of the church, until August 2007
  • Administrator of the Crossover Project, which promotes the secular pop music of Madam Ho
  • Represented by SC Andre Maniam

Sharon Tan Shao Yuen

  • Facing three counts of CBT and four of falsifying accounts
  • Succeeded Wee as finance manager of the church
  • Represented by SC Kannan Ramesh