Updated: 06/27/2012 17:19

5 City Harvest Church members including Pastor Kong Hee arrested by CAD

Kong Hee (© Photo: City Harvest Church website)

Kong Hee (Photo: City Harvest Church website)

Five members of City Harvest Church (CHC) including its Pastor Kong Hee have been arrested for alleged criminal breach of trust and falsification of accounts of the church. 

The other four members are Tan Ye Peng, Lam Leng Hung, Chew Eng Han and Sharon Tan

The five were questioned by the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD)on Tuesday.

Kong Hee was seen leaving the Police Cantonment Complex at 4pm. 

They  will be charged in court on Wednesday.

CAD said it commenced an investigation on 31 May 2010 into certain financial transactions of CHC after receiving information of misuse of CHC funds. 

The Commissioner of Charities (COC) began its inquiry into City Harvest Church (the Charity) on the same day (31 May 2010) under the Charities Act for alleged misconduct and mismanagement of the building fund which had been raised and earmarked for specific purposes. 

The COC said financial irregularities of at least $23 million from the Charity's funds had been discovered. These funds were used with the purported intention to finance Ho Yeow Sun's secular music career to connect with people. 

The COC found that there was a concerted effort to conceal this movement of funds from its stakeholders. 

The COC said it is concerned about the misconduct and mismanagement in the administration of the Charity. 

With the consent of the Attorney General, the COC has suspended eight persons including the five arrested today from the exercise of their office or employment as governing board members . 

The other three are Ho Yeow Sun, Kelvin Teo Meng How and Tan Su Pheng Jacqueline. All eight have been suspended from their Executive Memberships in the Charity with immediate effect. 

The COC says it will also consider taking further courses of action against these individuals in order to protect the charitable property of the Charity. This may include the removal of these persons from their office as trustee, governing board members, officers, agents or employees of the Charity. 

For as long as these persons are suspended, they will be prohibited from taking part or being involved in managing the Charity, representing the Charity on any matters, or attending any of the Charity's Annual General Meetings, Extraordinary General Meetings and Board Meetings. 

The COC adds that the normal services of the Charity can continue as usual.

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