Characterist in the news: Former SMRT branch manager sentenced for cheating (The Straits Times, 21 Sep 2018)
21 September 2018 | Adrian Wee
Characterist LLC’s Adrian Wee and Jonathan Low acted for Chua Eng Seng, a former branch manager with SMRT Trains, in relation to 22 cheating-related charges involving a total value of $196,000.
Chua pleaded guilty to 2 cheating charges, 4 counts of committing forgery for the purpose of cheating and 1 count of making a false report entry, with another 15 charges taken into consideration for the purposes of sentencing. For his offences, Chua was sentenced to an aggregate of 13 months’ imprisonment.
The Defence submitted in mitigation that the involvement of SMRT, being a privately-owned corporation that was neither a government agency nor a statutory board, did not trigger the ‘public interest’ rationale. The ‘public interest rationale’ is a significant aggravating factor often considered in cases involving fraud or corruption.
The complete online version of the article may be found at the following link:-https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/former-smrt-trains-branch-manager-jailed-over-scam-involving-contracts-worth