Charged for Alleged Corruption, Extortion and Personating a Police Officer
On 21 February 2022, Ganesan A/L Gunasagaran (“Ganesan”), a 33-year-old Malaysian Senior Security Officer of Metropolis Security Systems Pte Ltd at the material time, was charged in Court for alleged corruption, extortion and police impersonation offences.
2. On 19 October 2021, Ganesan was deployed at the SeaHill Condominium (“SeaHill”) located at 119 West Coast Crescent as a Senior Security Officer, where he allegedly committed the following offences:
a) Corruptly attempting to obtain gratification from an individual, who had entered SeaHill without checking in using the TraceTogether application, as an inducement to not take action against the said individual. This constituted an offence punishable under Section 6(a) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Chapter 241;
b) Putting that same individual in fear of harm in order to extort a sum of S$10,000, by stating that the said individual will be investigated for illegal entry into SeaHill and for having sex with a student inside a toilet at SeaHill. This constituted an offence punishable under Section 385 of the Penal Code; and
c) Personating a police officer, by representing to the same individual that he was a high-ranking undercover officer of the ‘Singapore Police Licensing Sector’. This constituted an offence punishable under Section 120A (1) of the Police Force Act, Chapter 235.
3. 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 or sentenced to imprisonment of up to five years or to both. Any person who puts a person in fear of harm in order to commit extortion can be sentenced to imprisonment of not less than two years and not more than five years with caning. Any person who personates a police officer can be sentenced for a term up to six months, or a S$2,500 fine, or both.
4. CPIB looks into all corruption-related complaints and reports, including anonymous ones, and can be reached via the following channels:
5. 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