ICA officer charged with accepting bribes for granting social visit passes to Thai women

Catherine Lim Zhi Yin was charged in court on Wednesday (Sept 20) with accepting $1,680 in bribes.
Catherine Lim Zhi Yin was charged in court on Wednesday (Sept 20) with accepting $1,680 in bribes.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

SINGAPORE - An officer from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) was charged in court on Wednesday (Sept 20) with accepting $1,680 in bribes.

Catherine Lim Zhi Yin, now 26, who is accused of seven counts of corruption, allegedly received the money from one Raymond Lim Boon Ian in exchange for granting 30-day social visit passes to various Thai women.

Catherine Lim is believed to have committed the offences between December 2014 and February 2015.

Raymond Lim, now 36, has already been dealt with in court - he was sentenced to eight months' jail on April 24 this year.

In a statement, the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau said Singapore adopts a zero tolerance approach towards corruption, and that the bureau will not hesitate to take action against anybody involved in such acts.

Catherine Lim, who was unrepresented, will be back in court next month. She is currently out on bail.

Offenders convicted of corruption can be jailed for up to five years and fined up to $100,000 for each charge.