Three Charged with Corruptly Advancing Business Interests

PRESS RELEASE BY CPIB
Three Charged with Corruptly Advancing Business Interests

 

            It is illegal to accept or give bribes as inducement to advance business interests. Engaging in such corrupt practices can lead to prosecution in a court of law. 

2          On 30 July 2019, three individuals will be charged in court: 

a)    Chen Changzheng (陈长征,50-year-old, male Singapore Permanent Resident), a Director of Link Hotel International Pte Ltd (“Link Hotel”) at the material time.

i.    3 counts of corruptly accepting gratification totaling S$34,000 – S$39,000 from one Pan Yancheng, a Director of MMC Hospitality Pte Ltd (“MMC”), and Lien Kim Seng, a Consultant of MMC, as inducement for him to advance the business interests of MMC with Link Hotel. These constitute offences punishable under Section 6(a) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Chapter 241. The alleged offences were committed in 2016.

b)    Pan Yancheng (潘衍成,36-year-old, male Singaporean), a Director of MMC at the material time.

i.    3 counts of abetment by engaging in a conspiracy with Lien Kim Seng to corruptly give gratification totaling S$34,000 – S$39,000 to Chen Changzheng, as inducement for Chen Changzheng to advance the business interests of MMC with Link Hotel. These constitute offences punishable under Section 6(b) read with Section 29(a) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Chapter 241. The alleged offences were committed in 2016.

c)    Lien Kim Seng (連振成, 65-year-old, male Singaporean), a Consultant of MMC at the material time.

i.    3 counts of abetment by engaging in a conspiracy with Pan Yancheng to corruptly give gratification totaling S$34,000 – S$39,000 to Chen Changzheng, as inducement for Chen Changzheng to advance the business interests of MMC with Link Hotel.  These constitute offences punishable under Section 6(b) read with Section 29(a) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Chapter 241. The alleged offences were committed in 2016.

3          Singapore adopts a zero-tolerance approach towards corruption. It is a serious offence to give or receive bribes from another individual or entity. Any person who is convicted of a corruption offence can be fined up to $100,000 or sentenced to imprisonment of up to 5 years or to both. 

4         The CPIB looks into all corruption complaints and reports, including anonymous ones, and can be reached via the following channels:

a)    Visit or write to us at the CPIB Headquarters @ 2 Lengkok Bahru, S159047 or Corruption Reporting & Heritage Centre @ 247 Whitley Road S297830; 
b)    Call the Duty Officer at 1800-376-0000; 
c)    Lodge an e-Complaint at www.cpib.gov.sg/e-complaint; or
d)    Email us at report [at] cpib.gov.sg.

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

Last updated: 23 Aug 2019