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Crime busters win accolades for cracking cases

Success stories include nabbing rogue banker and fake-gold con men

Published on Jun 28, 2014 8:19 AM
Chief investigation officer Sharon Xie and Station Inspector Teng Chin Hock were among 219 men and women and 193 teams that received commendations for their work at the Home Team Academy yesterday. -- PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

The arrest of a private banker who ran away with more than half a million dollars and the busting of a fake-gold scam were just some of the cases police investigators cracked last year.

Yesterday, the officers who solved those crimes were among 219 men and women, and 193 teams from the force, that received commendations from Commissioner of Police Ng Joo Hee at the Home Team Academy.

Chief investigation officer Sharon Xie, 29, said the award was far from her mind when she was pursuing Vyia Lee Yock Sim, a former bank relationship manager who had misappropriated more than US$400,000 from seven high net-worth clients by 2006.

Lee, then 26, lived the high life, splurging her clients' money on luxury goods such as Salvatore Ferragamo shoes, Chanel accessories and even a Rolex watch for her father. A large chunk of the money went to the downpayment for a condominium unit with her then-boyfriend, said Ms Xie, who is with the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD).

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