High-profile ex-cop faces fraud allegations

Ananthan Thillagan, an ex-cop, who was also a special aide to former President SR Nathan and PM Lee's former bodyguard, is at the centre of an alleged fraud case. -- PHOTO: ANANTHAN THILLAGAN/FACEBOOK
Ananthan Thillagan, an ex-cop, who was also a special aide to former President SR Nathan and PM Lee's former bodyguard, is at the centre of an alleged fraud case. -- PHOTO: ANANTHAN THILLAGAN/FACEBOOK
Ananthan Thillagan, an ex-cop, who was also a special aide to former President SR Nathan and PM Lee's former bodyguard, is at the centre of an alleged fraud case. -- PHOTO: ANANTHAN THILLAGAN/FACEBOOK
Ananthan Thillagan, an ex-cop, who was also a special aide to former President SR Nathan and PM Lee's former bodyguard, is at the centre of an alleged fraud case. -- PHOTO: ANANTHAN THILLAGAN/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - Fraud allegations have been levelled at a man who claims to have been a policeman and is believed to have also been a former bodyguard to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and a special aide to former President S R Nathan.

Mr Ananthan Thillagan, who is also said to have been a bodyguard for former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, is alleged to have committed criminal breach of trust and fraud involving $50,000 after convincing fellow ex-police officer Sugendran Krishnan to invest with him.

Mr Sugendran, 38, claims in police report lodged on Monday that Mr Ananthan misled him into putting the cash into an "investment vehicle" by claiming that several of Mr Nathan's contacts, and even a Minister for Trade and Industry, had made similar investments.

"Because he was working for people in power, he often threw names of powerful people to reinforce his influence and connections," said Mr Sugendran in the report, which The Straits Times has seen.

Mr Ananthan allegedly assured Mr Sugendran he would get healthy monthly returns but the latter claims he has yet to receive a single payout almost a year after he invested the money.

Mr Ananthan declined to comment on the report when contacted by The Straits Times, beyond confirming his past occupation as a police officer and his employment with Mr Nathan during the latter's time as a distinguished senior fellow at the Singapore Management University.

The police have verified the filing of the report and said they are "looking into the matter".

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