10 men charged with corruption

Nine Singaporeans and an Indian national were charged in court for giving bribes totalling between $490 and $59,074.50.
Nine Singaporeans and an Indian national were charged in court for giving bribes totalling between $490 and $59,074.50. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Ten current and former employees from waterproofing and general works company, TAC Contracts, were charged in court with corruption on Tuesday (Feb 28).

They face between two and 150 charges each.

Each man is accused of giving bribes totalling between $490 and $59,074.50.

They allegedly gave the money to employees of various companies as an inducement for advancing TAC Contracts' business interest.

Nine of the men are Singaporean. They are:

  • Senior sales and operations executive James Tan Gin Meng, 36. He faces 150 charges involving a total of $42,818.
  • Sales manager Ng Kok Thai, 34. He faces 88 charges involving a total of $59,074.50.
  • Sales executive Justin Heng Lye Chai, 34. He faces 44 charges involving a total of $31,076.
  • Sales and operations executive Sim Kah Wah, 35. He faces 17 charges involving a total of $6,790.
  • Former sales coordinator Donald Chang Poh Lung, 37. He faces 11 charges involving a total of $5,562.60.
  • Sales and operations executive Thomas Ler Tze Pin, 35. He faces six charges involving a total of $2,453.
  • Sales and operations executive Aaron Wong Wentong, 34. He faces two charges involving a total of $3,885.
  • Former sales executive Ng Weng Boon, 40. He faces two charges involving a total of $490.
  • Former sales executive Chan Hon Kai, 47. He faces two charges involving a total of $1,750.

The 10th man, sales and operations executive Alagappan Suriyanarayanan, 38, is an Indian national. He faces 46 charges involving a total of $36,839.50.

The 10 men allegedly committed their offences between January 2011 and February 2014.

They will be back in court on March 21.

 

Two of their alleged accomplices, company director Donald Ling Chun Teck, 43, and former sales and operations executive Lee Zhijian, 34, were dealt with in court in December last year.

Ling was sentenced to 30 months' jail on 20 counts of corruption involving $182,581 with 517 charges taken into consideration.

He is appealing and is out on $200,000 bail.

Lee was sentenced to a total of 15 months and four weeks in jail plus six strokes of the cane on six corruption charges and two charges of unlicensed moneylending harassment.

He is also appealing and was offered bail of $60,000.

The maximum penalty for each count of corruption is $100,000 fine and five years' jail.