'Auditors would've known of links to Xtron'

'Auditors would've known of links to Xtron'
Kong Hee, founder of City Harvest Church (CHC), outside the Court, for the CHC leaders trial.

SINGAPORE- The auditors of City Harvest Church would have been fully aware of all its links to the music production company that church officials are accused of using as a vehicle to misuse church funds.

In his third day on the stand this week, church founder Kong Hee maintained there was never any attempt by them to obfuscate the close connections with Xtron Productions.

He said those who had oversight of the accounts of both the church and Xtron would have seen it was managing his wife Ho Yeow Sun's music career.

Together with five others, Kong is accused of misusing some $50 million of church funds to boost Ms Ho's music career and covering up the misuse by falsifying church accounts.

One of the accusations is that they purchased sham bonds in Xtron and another company, Firna, when the money was actually being used to bankroll Ms Ho's album launch.

Under re-examination by his lawyer Edwin Tong, Kong, 50, told the court that the church's auditor Baker Tilly TFW "would be very aware of the expenses incurred by Xtron in connection with the album production".

He said: "They would be aware of the management fees paid to Sun's manager. They would be aware of the travelling expenses. They would be aware of the advertising and promotional expenses. They would be aware of payment to the United States as well as payment to Asia."

They would also know that "Xtron at this point in time was making losses because the album was yet to be launched", added Kong.

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