18 Apr '11, 7am

Runaway lawyer gets 9 years for CBT, cheating

Runaway lawyer gets 9 years for CBT, cheating

Tan Cheng Yew (above, in a October 22, 2009 file photo) was convicted of criminal breach of trust and cheating. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW LAWYER Tan Cheng Yew who was extradited to Singapore in 2009 after being on the run for six years was jailed for nine years on Monday for criminal breach of trust and cheating. District Judge Hamidah Ibrahim backdated the 43-year-old's sentence to Oct 22, 2009. In convicting him of two charges of misappropriating $1.5 million and $1.94 million and cheating two sums involving $1.4 million, the judge said she did not accept the defence arguments. Tan, a one-time debater of the National University of Singapore, had maintained in his defence that he misappropriated the money in his personal capacity and not as attorney to a Tan family. But the prosecution's case is that he had committed the offences as the family's lawyer, and had abused t...

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