Ex-ST Marine senior execs face charges for $6.6m 'entertainment' claims

Ex-ST Marine senior execs face 1,744 new charges

Three former Singapore Technologies Marine (ST Marine) senior executives - already facing graft charges - were brought to back court yesterday to face additional charges involving falsification of accounts.

The three are alleged to have conspired with ST Marine's former president See Leong Teck to make false claims in ST Marine's petty cash vouchers for fake entertainment expenses worth up to $6.6 million. They were allegedly involved in a plot to abuse the firm's petty cash voucher system between 2000 and 2009.

The four men are among seven former ST Marine senior executives who have been prosecuted for graft or falsification of accounts. Former senior vice-president Mok Kim Whang, 65, was first charged in December 2014 with one count of conspiring to bribe a Hyundai Engineering and Construction agent with $43,721.

He now faces 824 new charges of scheming to make false claims worth $3,130,172. He also faces two counts of making $5,000 worth of fraudulent entertainment claims on his own.

Former president of commercial business Tan Mong Seng, 64, was first charged in July last year for corrupt transactions with the same agent.

He now faces 445 new charges of conspiring to make false entertainment expenses claims worth $1,641,304.

Former chief operating officer Han Yew Kwang, 58, who faced eight counts of corruption amounting to $790,772 in July last year, now faces 473 new charges of scheming to make false entertainment expenses claims worth $1,858,597.

A pre-trial conference for all three is set for Jan 20. They are out on bail.

In July last year, ST Marine's former group financial controller Patrick Lee Swee Ching, 58, was fined $210,000 for falsifying documents to cover up alleged corrupt payments worth over $126,000.

He escaped a jail term as he, among other things, cooperated during investigations, pleaded guilty early, and committed to testify against his alleged co-conspirators should he be called upon to.

- The Straits Times