Singapore

PUB officer charged in $2m case

A technical officer with national water agency PUB was yesterday charged with 718 counts of cheating - involving about $2 million - and nine charges of money laundering.

Mohamed Sa'ad Mohamed Ali, 42, is alleged to have deceived various employees of PUB into believing that the quotations he produced were genuinely sourced from the open market when they were not.

He is also alleged to have dishonestly induced the employees to approve multiple quotations. The purchases were allegedly awarded to businesses controlled by him.

Most of the alleged offences, involving small-value purchases, took place between 2009 and 2012.

Sa'ad, represented by Mr Mohamed Muzammil Mohamed, is also accused of using the benefits from his criminal conduct. The amounts ranged from $18,640 to $74,870.

A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Aug 18.

Bail of $80,000 was allowed.

PUB said that in mid-2012, its internal audit discovered anomalies in small-value purchases at Choa Chu Kang Waterworks.

Sa'ad, who joined PUB in 2000, has been suspended since August 2012.

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