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    Dec 20, 2013

    Ex-SCDF tech chief in the dock over iPads

    A FORMER director of technology with the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was charged yesterday with two counts of misappropriating Apple iPads.

    Jeganathan Ramasamy, 62, is said to have been entrusted with the two tablet computers - each worth $939 - in September 2011 when he allegedly committed criminal breach of trust, taking one of them for his own use and selling the other.

    The iPads were delivered by IT vendor NCS to the SCDF headquarters in Ubi Avenue. Jeganathan had obtained the devices for the purpose of using them in testing mobile applications for SCDF.

    He later took one of the iPads home and gave it to his daughter. He sold the other to a colleague for $200.

    Replying to media queries, an SCDF spokesman confirmed that Jeganathan was a civilian officer and his last appointment was as director of the technology department.

    Jeganathan resigned from the SCDF in September last year, the spokesman said.

    "It is inappropriate to comment on the case as it is now before the courts," he added.

    Jeganathan is represented by Mr Sanjiv Rajan from Allen & Gledhill. He is out on $10,000 bail and his passport has been impounded.

    The maximum penalty for criminal breach of trust as a public servant is 20 years' jail and a fine.