3 ex-ST Marine execs 'made false claims worth millions'
THREE former Singapore Technologies Marine (ST Marine) senior executives, already facing graft charges, were brought back to court yesterday to face additional charges involving falsification of accounts.
The company's former senior vice-president Mok Kim Whang, 65, former president of commercial business Tan Mong Seng, 64, and former chief operating officer Han Yew Kwang, 58, are all alleged to have conspired to make false claims in ST Marine's petty cash vouchers for fake entertainment expenses worth millions.
The fraudulent claims were submitted between 2000 and 2009.
The three men are among seven former ST Marine senior executives who have been prosecuted for graft or falsification of accounts. Only one has been dealt with by the courts.
Mok, who was charged in December 2014 with a count of conspiring to give a $43,721 bribe to a Hyundai Engineering and Construction employee between 2004 and 2010, now faces 824 new charges of scheming to make false entries in ST Marine's petty cash vouchers for fake entertainment expenses worth $3,130,172.
He also faces two counts of committing the same offence by himself, for $5,000 worth of fraudulent entertainment claims.
Tan and Han were first charged in July last year. Tan was accused of conspiring with ST Marine's former president See Leong Teck, Han and Mok to give the $43,721 bribe to the Hyundai Engineering and Construction employee. Han faced eight counts of scheming to give a total of $790,772 in bribes to agents of ST Marine's customers between 2004 and 2009.
Tan now faces 445 new charges of conspiring to make false entries in ST Marine's petty cash vouchers for fake entertainment expenses worth $1,641,304.
Han faces 473 new charges of scheming to make false entries in ST Marine's petty cash vouchers for fraudulent entertainment expenses worth $1,858,597.
A pre-trial conference for Mok, Tan and Han has been fixed for Jan 20.
All are out on bail.
The maximum penalty for falsification of accounts to defraud an employer is 10 years' jail and a fine. The maximum punishment for the offence, if committed prior to changes to the law in 2008, is seven years' jail and a fine.
In July last year, ST Marine's former group financial controller Patrick Lee Swee Ching, 58, was given a fine of $210,000 for falsifying documents to cover up alleged corrupt payments worth more than $126,000.
He escaped a jail term as he had, among other things, cooperated during investigations and pleaded guilty early.