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Updated: 12/27/2013 10:25 | By Channel NewsAsia

CPIB assistant director to plead guilty to misappropriation & forgery charges

CPIB assistant director to plead guilty to misappropriation & forgery charges


CPIB assistant director to plead guilty to misappropriation & forgery charges

SINGAPORE: The assistant director of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB), who was charged in July with 21 offences including misappropriation and forgery, has indicated he will plead guilty to the charges.

39-year-old Edwin Yeo Seow Hiong, who allegedly misappropriated more than S$1.7 million, intended for buying goods required by his department, said he would plead guilty in the Subordinate Courts on 21 January.

The prosecution and defence will meet on 6 January to sort out outstanding matters.

Yeo, then head of field research and technical support, faces one count of forgery.

He faces another 12 counts under the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act.

For these 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.

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 count.  - CNA/xq

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