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MDA staff jailed 14 months for corruption and ordered to pay penalty of $18,000

Published on Jul 8, 2014 11:22 AM
Lai Wai Khuen, former assistant director of Media Development Authority (MDA)'s Industry Operations Division, was jailed for 14 months on Tuesday and ordered to pay a penalty of $18,000. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - A Media Development Authority (MDA) assistant director who corruptly obtained loans from grant applicants in return for facilitating MDA grants was jailed for 14 months on Tuesday.

Lai Wai Khuen, 37, had admitted to six charges - four of getting loans of between $1,500 and $5,000 and one each of trying to get a $3,000 loan and forgery.

He was ordered to pay a penalty of $18,000. Although the total amount of bribe was $18,800 in 13 charges, including the ones taken into consideration, the judge took into account that he had paid back $500 and $300 to two people.

The prosecution withdrew 14 charges against Lai, who was acquitted of them. Eleven other charges were considered during his sentencing.

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