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Officer from anti-corruption agency charged with cheating and theft

CPIB logoA former staff member from the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) was charged in court today, 27 February, with offences that include cheating and theft.

25 year-old Christopher Gan Boon Khong, an assistant with CPIB was charged with 15 offences - two counts of theft of credit and debit cards, 12 incidents of cheating and one of causing hurt.

On 2 July 2014, Mr Gan allegedly stole a debit card at a club at Jalan Sultan on 2 July 2014, before proceeding to another club at Tanglin Shopping Centre to use the card to pay for liquor worth $358.

He then went to another club and attempted to pay for four bottles of liquor worth $776. In the same night, he allegedly assaulted another man at the first club.

Mr Gan was also alleged to have stolen another credit card earlier on 29 June 2014, and had similarly attempted to use the card to pay for liquor worth $135, and flower garlands totalling $1,430.

The penalty for cheating is up to 10 years of jail time and fines for each charge; for theft, up to three years in jail and fines; and for causing hurt, two years in jail and a fine.

Bail of $15,000 was allowed, and Mr Gan had indicated he would legal services from the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme.

CPIB has said in a statement to media that Gan had resigned from the service on 4 July 2014. "CPIB does not condone any criminal or improper acts by its officers. Errant officers will be dealt with and can expect to face criminal and/or disciplinary proceedings if they are involved in any wrongdoings."

In February 2014, a former assistant director of CPIB, 40 year-old Edwin Yeo Seow Hiong, was sentenced to 10 years of jail for misappropriating $1.76 million. Mr Yeo had faced 21 charges, to which he admitted to four.