Nine involved in the Shell oil fuel theft case face additional charges

Two of the 11 suspects involved in the theft of fuel from Shell being escorted in police vehicles, on Jan 9, 2018. ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

SINGAPORE - The eight Singaporeans and a Vietnamese national who have been charged in connection with the multi-million dollar fuel theft from Shell were hit with fresh charges on Monday (Jan 22).

Three fresh charges were filed against Muzaffar Ali Khan Muhamad Akram, 37; Juandi Pungot, 41; Cai Zhi Zhong, 35; Tiah Kok Wee, 41; and Koh Choon Wei, 35; who are alleged to have conspired to misappropriate about $1.9 million worth of gas oil.

The alleged offences concern 1,276 tonnes of gas oil worth US$653,733 ($862,580) on Oct 23 last year; 1,131 tonnes of gas oil worth US$579,445 on Oct 2 last year; and 764.81 tonnes of gas oil worth $252,558 on or before July 24 last year.

Another three employees, Mohd Ibrahim K. Abdul Majid, 52; Abdul Latif Ibrahim, 59; and Richard Goh Chee Keong; 48, are said in three fresh charges to have abetted in a conspiracy to misappropriate almost US$2 million worth of gas oil. The alleged offences occurred on Nov 26, Dec 10 and Dec 14 last year.

The eight now face a total of five or seven charges each.

Vietnamese Nguyen Duc Quang, 46, who has been charged with three counts of dishonestly receiving stolen oil worth around $2.5 million, faces two more charges.

He allegedly dishonestly received 907 tonnes of gas oil worth US$428,086 on Aug 4 last year and 1,834 tonnes worth US$839,165 on or around July 27 last year.

Court documents say on both occasions, the oil was transferred from Pulau Bukom to the vessel Prime South.

The prosecution sought another week's remand for the nine for further investigation. The case will be mentioned next Monday.

No fresh charges were filed against surveyor Muhammad Ali Muhammd Nor, 51, and Vietnamese national Dang Van Hanh, 37, who were offered bail of $30,000 and $20,000 respectively. They will be back in court on Feb 20.

Muhammad Ali, who is not from Shell, faces two charges of abetment by conspiracy with Shell employees to misappropriate $1.3 million worth of gas oil on New Year's eve and Jan 7 this year. Dang has one charge of dishonestly receiving stolen oil.

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