Former senior executive of shipyard Singapore Technologies Marine (ST Marine) faces 38 counts of graft charges over falsification of accounts totalling SGD126,156 (USD93,700).
The prosecution against Patrick Lee Swee Ching, who was ST Marine’s Group financial controller from January 2001 to October 2006, rounds up the list of five former senior executives of ST Marine who had been implicated in court documents previously for alleged bribery charges.
Lee had allegedly conspired with former colleagues See Leong Teck, Mok Kim Whang, and Teh Yew Shyan for bogus petty cash claims to bribe ST Marine’s customers in return for shiprepair contracts, according to court documents.
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He faces a 10 years maximum jail sentence and/or a fine for falsification of accounts. Lee has indicated that he intends to plead guilty and will be back in court on 1 July. He is currently out on a SGD150,000 bail.
Previously, three former senior executives from ST Marine, former president Chang Cheow Teck, former senior vice-president (Tuas Yard) Mok Kim Whang, and former vice-president (finance) and Group financial controller Ong Tek Liam were charged in December 2014 for a corruption scandal.
Subsequently, See Leong Teck who was president of ST Marine from December 1997 until he retired in February 2008, was also brought to court in December 2014, while the sixth alleged co-conspirator Teh Yew Shyan has since passed away.