Five Individuals Charged For Alleged Corruption Money Laundering and Cheating Offences
On 8 November 2022, the following five individuals were charged in Court for allegedly committing corruption, money laundering and cheating offences. They are:
a) Low Jun Jie, Lionel (“Lionel”) (刘俊杰, 35-year-old male Singaporean), Assistant Manager Properties (Development) of Singapore Airlines Ltd (“SIA”) at the material time;
b) Ang Kok Leng Joseph (“Joseph”) (洪國龍, 51-year-old male Singaporean), Manager of Lin ID Group at the material time;
c) Zhang Jiahao, Rex (“Rex”) (张家豪, 38-year-old male Singaporean), freelance interior designer at the material time;
d) Mohamed Barak Bin Lathif (“Barak”) (49-year-old male Singaporean), Safety Manager of Lin ID Group at the material time; and
e) Low Mun Xin, Felicia (“Felicia”) (罗満欣, 34-year-old female Singaporean), Director of Lin ID Group at the material time.
Alleged Corruption Offences
2. Between June 2019 and December 2019, Lionel and Rex were alleged to have engaged in a conspiracy to corruptly receive and corruptly agree to receive from Joseph, a sum amounting to about S$474,500 over 8 occasions. These gratifications were in return to assist Lin ID Group in its bids for and to reveal confidential information on three separate SIA tenders. For their actions, Lionel and Rex each face three charges, including one amalgamated charge, under Section 6(a) of the Prevention of Corruption Act read with Section 29 of the same act. Correspondingly, Joseph faces three charges under Section 6(b) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, of which one is an amalgamated charge.
Alleged Money Laundering Offences
3. Between April 2021 and June 2021, Lionel was alleged to have converted approximately US$111,100 of the bribes received to Microsoft shares, transferring the Microsoft shares to a different trading account and withdrawing approximately S$25,600 from the subsequent trading account via cheque. For his actions, Lionel faces three charges under Section 47(1)(b) of the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act.
Alleged Cheating Offences
4. Sometime in 2020, Joseph was alleged to have engaged in a conspiracy with Barak and Felicia to intentionally use false documents from ECAS Consultants Pte Ltd and AECOM Singapore Pte Ltd, to support Lin Builders Pte Ltd’s (“Lin Builders”) applications to the Building and Construction Authority (“BCA”). This dishonestly induced the BCA to issue a C1 financial grading to Lin Builders. On another occasion in 2020, Barak was alleged to have engaged in a conspiracy with Felicia to intentionally use false documents from ECAS Consultants Pte Ltd to support Lin Builders’ applications to the BCA. This dishonestly induced the BCA to issue the demolition certification to Lin Builders. For their actions, Joseph faces one additional charge under Section 417 read with Section 109 of the Penal Code, while Barak and Felicia each face two charges under Section 417 read with Section 109 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224.
5 Singapore adopts a strict zero-tolerance approach towards corruption. Any person who is convicted of a corruption offence can be fined up to S$100,000, sentenced to imprisonment of up to five years, or both. Any person who is convicted of a money laundering offence under Section 47 of the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act shall be sentenced to imprisonment of up to seven years or fined up to S$500,000 or to both. Any individual convicted of an offence under Section 417 of the Penal Code is liable to imprisonment for up to three years, or with fine, or with both.
6. The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) looks into all corruption-related complaints and reports, including anonymous ones, and can be reached via the following channels:
7. Where possible, the report should include the following information:
a) Where, when and how the alleged corrupt act happened?
b) Who was involved and what were their roles?
c) What was the bribe given and the favour shown?
Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau