Longer jail term of 12 years for lawyer who misappropriated $4.8m of clients' money
The High Court has imposed a longer imprisonment term for disgraced lawyer Tan Cheng Yew, who misappropriated $4.82 million of his clients' money.
Tan now has to serve 12 years' jail instead of the original nine.
Tan was on the run for six years after he misappropriated the money.
He was arrested in Munich, Germany, in 2009 and extradited to Singapore.
The public prosecutor told Justice Lee Seiu Kin that the highest sentence was six years, where a lawyer absconded with close to $2 million.
DPP Tan Ken Hwee said in Tan Cheng's case, the sentence of nine years' jail "was manifestly inadequate".
In making his judgement, Justice Lee said as an advocate of law, a lawyer is granted exclusive rights and trust.
He said the court will not hesitate to impose a strong sentence in this case.
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