Ng Yu Zhi charged with spending over $100 million of alleged ill-gotten gains

Ng Yu Zhi is accused of using the alleged ill-gotten gains to pay for supercars, properties, jewellery, insurance policies and art works. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

SINGAPORE - Singaporean businessman Ng Yu Zhi, who is at the centre of an alleged US$1.1 billion (S$1.5 billion) nickel trading scam, was slapped with six more charges on Monday (Dec 20).

Ng, 34, was accused of transferring more than $68 million to several personal bank accounts he held with DBS Bank, UOB, OCBC Bank, Citibank, HSBC, Maybank and Standard Chartered Bank, between March last year and February this year.

He was also accused of using the alleged ill-gotten gains from his firms - Envy Global Trading and Envy Asset Management - to pay for supercars, properties, jewellery, insurance policies and artwork, which amounted to more than $100 million.

This takes the total number of charges against him to 75, including those for forgery and criminal breach of trust. Ng, who has yet to enter a plea, is out on a bail of $4 million. He was arrested in February and first charged in March.

Among his purchases was a multimillion-dollar Pagani Huayra hypercar previously owned by Ossia International chief executive Steven Goh.

Court documents showed that Ng had paid Mr Goh $7.1 million, as partial payment for the rare Italian hypercar, between April and August last year.

The hypercar was among the $100 million worth of assets seized by the Commercial Affairs Department this year.

Other cars Ng bought included a Porsche 911 GT3, Ferrari 488 Pista Spider, Toyota Lexus LS500, Aston Martin Rapide, Rolls Royce Phantom and Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.

Within a year, Ng spent over $20 million on about 20 luxury cars, including a sought-after vehicle number plate - S11T.

He also paid more than $20 million for four properties in Emerald Hill, Bussorah Street, Jervois Road and Coldstream Avenue and over $15 million for high-end jewellery and luxury watches, some of which were from Bulgari, Piaget, Van Cleef & Arpels and Richard Mille.

Court documents also showed Ng paid almost $10 million for 44 pieces of artwork, several of which were works by local artists Lim Tze Peng and Chen Wen Hsi.

Ng, a former director of Envy Asset Management and Envy Global Trading, had allegedly raised more than $1.2 billion from investors for fake deals related to nickel trading, making this one of Singapore's largest fraudulent trading schemes.

Investors, who include prominent personalities here such as Vickers Venture Partners founder Finian Tan and former Law Society president Thio Shen Yi, were promised varying returns, depending on the types of nickel trading schemes they joined.

The new charges showed Ng paid about US$11 million for shares in Vickers Financial Group between November and December last year.

In August this year, the High Court approved the winding up of Envy Global Trading and its sister firms.

Last month, the liquidators of Ng's Envy Group sued Ng for damages totalling about $517.4 million.

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