People's Association constituency director fined $5,000 for giving false information

SINGAPORE - A constituency director of the People's Association was fined $5,000 on Thursday for knowingly giving false information to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB).

Jo Soh Bee Ching, 40, told an anti-graft investigator that two conflict of interest disclosure statements had been signed by Chia Chee Sin in her presence on March 1, 2009, and Oct 10, 2010 - which she knew was not the case.

Soh, who is suspended from her role as director of the Changi-Simei constituency, had been asked to submit a conflict of interest report to her superiors about Mr Chia, who was the youth executive committee chairman at Changi-Simei Community Club.

He also worked for a company called J Force events, which had dealings with the club at the time.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Sanjiv Vaswani had said at an earlier hearing that Soh had been trying to hide the fact that she had not taken the necessary steps required in her role.

She could have been fined up to $10,000 and/or jailed for up to one year.