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    Jun 11, 2015

    Former ST Marine exec in the dock over fake expenses

    A FORMER group financial controller of shipbuilder Singapore Technologies (ST) Marine became the fifth and last executive of the company to be hauled to court yesterday to face criminal charges.

    Patrick Lee Swee Ching, 57, faces 38 charges of abetting to make false entries for entertainment expenses amounting to $126,156.

    Between 2004 and March 2007, he allegedly conspired with then ST Marine president See Leong Teck and its senior vice-president Mok Kim Whang to falsify documents to cover corrupt payments.

    Court papers say false entries in ST Marine petty cash vouchers were made for entertainment expenses incurred.

    Lee's lawyer, Hamidul Haq, told the court that his client intends to plead guilty as soon as possible.

    The case will be mentioned in court on July 1. Lee's $150,000 bail has been extended until then, and his passport has been impounded.

    In December, four former ST Marine senior executives - See, Chang Cheow Teck, Mok and Ong Teck Liam - were charged with offences related to the granting of ship repair contracts.

    The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau said in a statement: "Singapore adopts a zero tolerance approach towards corruption."

    If convicted, Lee faces a jail term of up to 10 years and/or a fine on each charge.

    The maximum penalty for corruption is a $100,000 fine and five years' jail.