PP v FATHER JOACHIM KANG
The Straits Times, 20th April 2004 The New Paper, 23rd April 2004
Father Joachim Kang Hock Chai, 55, parish priest of Church of the Holy Trinity in Tampines had been accused of misappropriating $5.1 million of church money when he was the parish priest of the Church of St Teresa between July 1994 and February 2002.
These funds were moved from the church’s accounts into his personal accounts. In addition, the money was used to acquire a $835,000 apartment in Teresa Ville, as well as purchase a computer for his god-daughter, Ms Mabel Chia Li Ling. The apartment in TeresaVille was also purchased in both their names.
During the course of the trial, Father Kang’s request to utilise his assets (personal Maybank accounts) in Malaysia were rejected by the High Court. Justice Lai Kew Chai said that he was not prepared to allow a court of law to assist Father Kang in using the church’s money in his own defence. He also stated that Father Kang was not able to produce the bank statements that prove his assets in his British bank accounts had also been depleted.
Father Kang eventually pled guilty to the charges.
ACCORD CUSTOMER CARE SOLUTIONS (ACCS)
The Straits Times, 12th November 2005 TODAY, 5th January 2006
Once celebrated Singaporean entrepreneur, Mr Victor Tan, was charged with 99 instances of fraud. These charges involved Mr Tan’s company’s involvement in faking warranty repair invoices to telecoms giant Nokia as well as the falsification of documents that stated the delivery of reconditioned phones to various parties.
Mr Tan worked in conspiracy with Mr Sim Ee Tong, a director at CSL Customer Care Centre and Mr Damien Ang, a former general manager at Nokia Care Centre. Both establishments were customers of ACCS, which was how the entire conspiracy began. A group of 14 individuals were involved in the scandal, most of them former or current employees of ACCS.
An independent investigation by auditors Price Waterhouse Coopers revealed that ACCS had inflated its pre-tax profits by around $73 million in 2003 and 2004.