Two Men Charged for Alleged Corruption, Falsification and Forgery Offences
On 16 November 2022, two men were charged in Court for allegedly committing corruption, falsification, and forgery offences. They are:
a) Wee Han De (“Han De”) (黄瀚德, 40-year-old male Singaporean), Director of A to Z Engineering Pte Ltd (“A to Z”) at the material time; and
b) Wee Bian Kiat (“Bian Kiat”) (黄连吉, 59-year-old male Singaporean), Mechanical and Electrical Manager of Asia Square Tower 1 Pte Ltd and Asia Square Tower 2 Pte Ltd (who is under the employ of Jones Lang LaSalle Property Management Pte Ltd), and Building Manager in Frasers Property Management Services Pte Ltd (“FPMS”) at the material time of the various offences.
Alleged Corruption Offences
2. Sometime between March 2016 and October 2021, Han De was alleged to have corruptly given Bian Kiat gratification in the form of loans totalling S$150,950 over 74 occasions as an inducement to advance the business interests of A to Z with Asia Square Tower 1 Pte Ltd and FPMS. For their actions, Bian Kiat and Han De each faces eight charges for offences punishable under Section 6(a) and 6(b) of the Prevention of Corruption Act respectively, which are amalgamated under Section 124(4) of the Criminal Procedure Code 2010. Four of these charges are punishable under Section 124(8)(a)(ii) of the said code.
Alleged Falsification Offences
3. Sometime between July 2017 and March 2020, Han De was alleged to have prepared fictitious payment vouchers and invoices to account for the bribe monies withdrawn from A to Z’s bank account which were paid to Bian Kiat. These included falsifying payment vouchers from A to Z that were addressed to three companies (i.e., MT Plasterceil, Y K Contractor, and Transair International) for works totalling S$47,200 over 17 occasions. For his actions, Han De faces four charges for offences punishable under Section 477A of the Penal Code, which are amalgamated under Section 124(4) of the Criminal Procedure Code 2010. Two of these charges are punishable under Section 124(8)(a)(ii) of the Criminal Procedure Code.
Alleged Forgery Offences
4. Between July 2017 and March 2020, Han De was also alleged to have dishonestly created invoices from Y K Contractor and Transair International addressed to A to Z for works totalling S$51,600 over 13 occasions, with the intention of causing it to be believed that such documents were made by the said companies. For his actions, Han De faces three charges for offences under Section 465 of the Penal Code, which are amalgamated charges under Section 124(4) of the Criminal Procedure Code 2010. Two of these charges are punishable under Section 124(8)(a)(ii) of the Criminal Procedure Code.
5. Singapore adopts a strict zero-tolerance approach towards corruption. Any person who is convicted of a corruption offence shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding S$100,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to both. Any person who is convicted of a falsification of accounts offence shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 10 years, or with fine, or with both under Section 477A of the Penal Code. Any person who is convicted of forgery shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to four years, or with fine, or with both under Section 465 of the Penal Code.
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