05 Jan '12, 1pm

Civil servant jailed for cheating

SINGAPORE : An assistant executive from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) was jailed 8 years and 8 months on Thursday for cheating the ministry of S$617,087 over four years. 35-year-old Liew Chee Meng forged over 90 documents to buy gift vouchers. He used the vouchers for his personal purchases, including several branded bags such as a S$15,900 Hermes bag, as well as shoes and jewellery. He carried out his crimes for nearly four years starting from 2007, until MHA's finance department made enquiries into the large amount of transactions. Liew, who was earlier charged with 455 counts of forgery, cheating, criminal breach of trust and money laundering, was found guilty of 28 of these charges. Deputy Public Prosecutor Tan Ken Hwee described Liew as "a recalcitrant offender and seasoned criminal" whose actions were "carefully planned and executed". Liew joined the ministry in...

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