ICA officer received massages from women working illegally here

Staff Sergeant Chin Peng Sum also tipped off three women from China working illegally here about impending raids so they could avoid getting caught. He pleaded guilty yesterday to corruption charges and breaching the Official Secrets Act, and will be
Staff Sergeant Chin Peng Sum also tipped off three women from China working illegally here about impending raids so they could avoid getting caught. He pleaded guilty yesterday to corruption charges and breaching the Official Secrets Act, and will be sentenced on Jan 2.ST FILE PHOTO

Not only did an Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officer use his work-issued phone to alert three women from China working illegally here of impending raids, but he texted them for massages as well.

But when one of the women was arrested for vice activities on May 31 last year, Staff Sergeant Chin Peng Sum's messages to her were found on her phone.

Yesterday, Chin, 51, pleaded guilty to corruption charges and breaching the Official Secrets Act. He will be sentenced on Jan 2 next year.

Chin, who has been with the ICA since February 1998, has been interdicted from service since June 15 last year.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Loh Hui-Min told the court that while conducting operations to arrest immigration offenders, Chin met Zhu Shirong, Wang Chenghong and Tang Yuanyuan some time between end-2016 and early last year.

The trio had been arrested for various immigration offences and were on Special Passes pending the conclusion of their cases.

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  • Number of years Chin Peng Sum was with the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority before he was interdicted from service.

Chin told them he could have their Special Passes extended and claimed this would let them remain in Singapore after the conclusion of their matters.

Some time last year, he contacted Zhu for a massage and they met at her residence in Geylang.

They had sex after the massage and Chin offered to pay her but Zhu rejected it. They had the same arrangement about a month later.

Chin also made the same requests of Wang, and received services for free on two separate occasions.

In his role, Chin received information from his superiors about impending raids conducted by the ICA and other enforcement agencies. On three occasions, he tipped the women off so they could avoid getting caught.

But Zhu was eventually arrested and a search through the contents of her mobile phone uncovered messages from Chin, with information about impending raids and requests for massage services.

The ICA was alerted and Chin was called up for an interview by his management, during which he was informed that investigations against him would commence.

 

After the interview, Chin instructed Wang to delete all incriminating WeChat messages between them. He also deleted messages exchanged between him and the three women on his work-issued phone.

An ICA spokesman said the authority takes a serious view of errant officers. "ICA officers are expected to discharge their duties professionally and maintain a high standard of integrity. Officers who break the law will be dealt with, in accordance with the law."

When the case was detected through the ICA's internal checks and investigations, the authority reported it to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau.

"Following the officer's conviction in court, we will commence civil service disciplinary proceedings against him with a view to dismissing him from service," added the spokesman.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 29, 2018, with the headline 'ICA officer received massages from women working illegally here'. Print Edition | Subscribe