Ex-employee of Micro 2000 Technology charged with corruption involving over $270k

Yeo Jingyuan  was charged on Thursday (Oct 20) with 121 corruption charges involving more than $400,000.
Yeo Jingyuan was charged on Thursday (Oct 20) with 121 corruption charges involving more than $400,000.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A former employee of Micro 2000 Technology, an IT business solutions company, was charged on Thursday (Oct 20) with 121 corruption charges involving more than $270,000, and concealing $126,990 which were the benefits from a criminal conspiracy.

Yeo Jingyuan, 30, was a team leader overseeing customer service officers when he allegedly gave bribes amounting to $257,280 to two former team leaders, Ng Jun Siang, 25, and Tony Tan Kim Chong, 36, as rewards to refrain from reporting to the senior management of Micro the customer service officer's non-compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOP) on the exchange of customers' iPhones for replacement handsets.

The alleged 48 offences took place between May and November 2012.

Both Ng and Tan, who face 26 and 22 charges respectively, have been charged and their case will be mentioned on Nov 11.

Yeo is also accused of 70 counts of giving bribes totalling $17,650 to four former employees of the company in exchange for disregarding the company's SOP concerning the exchange of customers' iPhones for replacement handsets.

He faces two counts of corruptly offering gratification to two former employees of the company to do the same thing.

He was also charged with one count of conspiring with Da Lian to give bribes of at least $168,000 to former employees of Micro to disregard their company SOP and to refrain from reporting the act to the senior management.

The last charge accuses him of withdrawing $126,990 from his DBS bank account to prevent it from being frozen by law enforcement officers.

Yeo, who is represented by Mr Yusfiyanto Yatiman, is out on $100,000 bail.

He will return to court on Nov 3.

Six other former Micro 2000 employees - Toh Ean Seng, then a store assistant; Tan Jingren, Mervin Pan Junwen, Jackson Soh Geok Hong, Lim Shao Lun and Tan Jianwei (Chen Jianwei), all customer service officers - were fined for their offences on Sept 15.

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

If convicted of the last charge, Yeo could be fined up to $500,000 and/or jailed for up to seven years.