Ex-CPIB assistant charged with cheating and theft

SINGAPORE - A former Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) assistant was charged in court on Friday with 15 offences including cheating and theft.

Christopher Gan Boon Khong is accused of two counts of theft of credit and debit cards, 12 of cheating and one of causing hurt.

The 25-year-old allegedly stole a DBS debit card at Club V6 at Jalan Sultan at about 12.30am on July 2 last year.

Less than an hour later, he went to Club 1+1 at Tanglin Shopping Centre where he allegedly presented the DBS debit card belonging to Vedula Vijay Kumar to pay for two bottles of Martell VSOP worth $358.

At 1.24am, he allegedly used the same card to cheat a cashier of another club at the centre to pay for four bottles of Martell worth $776.

At about 2.20am, he is also said to have thrown one Daniel Chan Kian Hong onto the ground and kicked him in the groin at Club V6.

Earlier on June 29, Gan allegedly stole a HSBC Revolution Visa credit card at Club V6.

He then allegedly used the HSBC card belonging to Ms Wendy Lim to deceive Ms Lee Tai Tee, a cashier, by paying for nine shots of tequila totalling $135.

Between 2.05am and 2.54am that day, he allegedly used the stolen credit card to pay for 11 flower garlands amounting to $1,430. Each garland cost between $100 and $200.

Bail of $15,000 was allowed.

Gan indicated that he wished to get a lawyer from the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme. His case will be mentioned on March 27.

If convicted of cheating, he could be jailed for up to 10 years and fined on each charge. For theft, the maximum penalty is three years' jail and a fine; and for causing hurt, two years' jail and a $5,000 fine.

In a statement, CPIB said Gan resigned from the service on July 4 last year.

"CPIB does not condone any criminal or improper acts by its officers. Errant officers will be dealt with and can expect to face criminal and/or disciplinary proceedings if they are involved in any wrongdoings," it added.

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