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Updated: 11/29/2013 11:03 | By Channel NewsAsia

CPIB assistant director to decide if he wants to claim trial

CPIB assistant director to decide if he wants to claim trial


CPIB assistant director to decide if he wants to claim trial

SINGAPORE: The assistant director of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau who was charged in July with 21 offences, including misappropriation and forgery, will have to decide by December 27 if he wants to claim trial.

Edwin Yeo Seow Hiong, 39, is accused of eight counts of misappropriation totalling more than S$1.7 million.

Yeo allegedly misappropriated the money intended for buying goods required by the department. He faces one count of forgery.

Yeo is also charged with 12 counts under the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act.

For these 12 charges, he allegedly used some S$241,000 that was deposited into his bank account for gaming activities at Marina Bay Sands Casino.

The offences were said to have been committed between 2008 and September 2012.

At the pre-trial conference on Friday, the prosecution said Yeo will have to decide if he wants to plead guilty or claim trial.

If Yeo decides to plead guilty, the district judge has set the week of January 21 for him to do so.

If convicted of misappropriation, Yeo could face life imprisonment and a fine for every charge.

For forgery, a person can be jailed up to four years and fined.

If found guilty of using benefits from criminal conduct, Yeo could face a maximum of seven years' jail and a S$500,000 fine on each charge.

- CNA/fa

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