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Lawyer jailed six years for criminal breach of trust of $1.5m

Published on Feb 25, 2013 11:53 AM
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File photo of a man in handcuffs. A lawyer who misappropriated $1.49 million from his firm's client account was jailed for six years on Monday. -- ST FILE PHOTO: WANG HUI FEN

A lawyer who misappropriated $1.49 million from his firm's client account was jailed for six years on Monday.

Tan Tiong Hian alias Raymond Tan, 44, who faced 31 charges of criminal breach of trust and one of forgery, pleaded guilty to 10 charges of criminal breach of trust. The amounts were between $56,270 and $128,160.

A district court heard that Tan sought the help of then lawyer Siow Jit Thong to act as a signatory to facilitate his operations as required by Legal Profession (Solicitors' Accounts) Rules.

Mr Siow was not directly involved in the dealings of Tan's firm nor did he know who the clients were. He even went to the extent of pre-signing the applications to the bank for banker's cheques when he was outstation.

 
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