Ex-chief protocol officer at MFA charged with making false expense claims
The former chief of protocol of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) was charged on Thursday with 60 counts of cheating by submitting false claims amounting about $87,000.
Lim Cheng Hoe is alleged to have deceived the ministry by claiming expenses incurred during some of his trips abroad. The alleged offences took place over a four-year period from 2008 to last year.
The 60-year-old, who has been suspended from duty, was protocol chief for about 10 years. He headed the ministry's section responsible for organising ministerial and presidential trips overseas, and was the go-to guy on diplomatic protocol.
The claims he had allegedly submitted ranged from $280 to $5,080. Three of the 60 charges accused him of cheating MFA into consenting that he retained $420, $4,000 and $490 in 2008, 2009 and 2010 respectively.