Former SCORE employee charged for selling items to inmate.

A former employee of the Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE), a statutory board formed to help offenders reintegrate into the workforce, has been charged with selling items to prison inmates.

Fifty-three-year-old Ng Chee Boon, who used to be a maintenance supervisor at SCORE allegedly sold bottles of medicated oil to five different inmates at Changi Prison Complex- Cluster A.

The Prisons Act states that officers as well as others who work within the facility are not allowed to sell anything to inmates.

It’s believed Ng sold nine bottles in all between April and August last year.

He’s also alleged to have sold two disposable shaving blades to one of the inmates.

Ng told the court that he will be applying for assistance from the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme.

Ng will be back in court on September 22.

If convicted, for each charge, Ng could be jailed for up to a year, fined a maximum of S$6,000 dollars or both. 

Source: Channel NewsAsia, 8th September 2010

Woman sentenced to 7 months’ jail for cheating her aunt

A 23-year-old Malaysian woman has been sentenced to seven months’ jail for stealing valuables worth S$88,673.80 from her aunt.

Patricia Tan Mei Ling stole the items at around 2.30pm on January 27.

The valuables were stored in two locked suitcases and placed in her mother’s flat at block 574, Pasir Ris Street 53.

They include a Rolex watch, a pair of jade earrings, a diamond ring and a diamond pendant.

Tan committed the crime with an alleged accomplice, her then-boyfriend, 25-year-old Gunasegaran Ramasamy.

After breaking open the suitcases near the flat, she went to a pawnshop with him.

They pawned the watch and jade earrings for S$1,800, even though the two items were worth $7,529.

Some of the other items, including the diamond ring and pendant were later either sold or pawned.

They received $9,350 for doing so and the money was used for their personal expenses.

Gunasegaran has been charged with being an accomplice but he failed to turn up in court.

A warrant of arrest has been issued and he is still at large.

Tan could have been sentenced to up to seven year’s jail and fined. 

Source: Channel NewsAsia, 8th September 2010

Man charged as illegal bookie in Resort World Sentosa

A man has been charged with acting as a bookie inside the Resorts World Sentosa casino.

29-year-old Oh Tuan Yew allegedly committed the offence between 11am and 1.30pm on June 9.

The book distribution executive is also charged with carrying out a public lottery at around 5.20pm on the same day.

Court documents did not indicate exactly where in the casino he allegedly committed his offence.

Oh is represented by lawyer, Wee Pan Lee, and he will be back in court on October 12.

Oh can be jailed up to five years and fined up to a maximum of $200,000 if found guilty of acting as a bookmaker.

Source: Channel NewsAsia, 14th September 2010

Woman eye specialist charged with tax evasion

An eye specialist has been charged with three counts of tax evasion.

Fifty-five-year-old Currie Chiang had allegedly under-declared her income by S$449,336.

Chiang, who runs International Eye Clinic at the Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, is believed to have prepared false business records in her tax returns between 2006 and 2008.

She’s now out on a S$50,000 bail and will be back in court on October 15.

If convicted, Chiang will have to pay a penalty of S$1,797,344, four times the amount of under-declared taxes.

She could also be fined an additional S$50,000 or jailed up to five years. 

Source: Channel NewsAsia, 3rd September 2010

8 people charged for insurance fraud

Eight people were hauled to Court Friday for offences relating to motor vehicle insurance fraud.

One suspect was rounded up after an insurance company alerted the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) of a scam in 2009.

The case involved fraudulent personal injury claims made by a 38-year-old man for road traffic related accidents.

CAD investigations showed that the suspect had staged an accident to make insurance claims for damages and personal injury.

He is alleged to have caused the accident by wilfully applying the brakes to abruptly slow down the car that he was driving.

This caused a lorry which was approaching from behind to collide with the rear of the car.

The other suspects are men aged between 31 and 53.

They are believed to have conspired to cheat insurers by engaging law firms to initiate personal injury proceedings.

It’s alleged the men had led insurers into believing that they were passengers in vehicles which were involved in accidents.

Anyone convicted of cheating can be jailed up to 10 years and fined.

The 38-year-old suspect in the first case faces an additional charge of reckless driving.

If convicted, he could be fined up to S$3,000 and jailed up to 12 months.

Director of the Commercial Affairs Department Mr Ong Hian Sun said: “Police take a very serious view of such offences. We will not hesitate to take firm action against perpetrators of such crimes.” 

Source: Channel NewsAsia, 3rd September 2010

Ex-drug Trafficker pleaded guilty for armed robbery

A former drug trafficker who stole a motorcycle to conduct armed robbery pleaded guilty to his offences this morning in court.

Koh Koon Hong entered Yong Sheng Goldsmith shop at New Upper Changi Road with two other accomplices on April 23 with a 45 cm long knife to rob the shop.

They removed S$850,000 worth of jewellery and walked to the rear of the shop where they had parked two stolen motorcycles and escaped on them.

The loot was subsequently sold off for S$510,000.

The Police caught Koh on April 27.

His two accomplices are at large overseas.

Koh has been in and out for jail for the last 10 years for various offences.

His last brush with the law was in 2003 when he was sentenced to eight years’ jail and 10 strokes of the cane for three drug trafficking offences.

The court called for a corrective training report on him.

He will appear in court again on September 23. 

Source: Channel NewsAsia, 2nd September 2010