CPIB assistant director to plead guilty

CPIB assistant director to plead guilty

The assistant director with the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) who was accused of 21 offences including criminal breach of trust as a public servant and forgery has indicated he will plead guilty to the charges.

Edwin Yeo Seow Hiong allegedly misappropriated over $1.7 million, which was intended to be used for buying goods required by his department.

The 39-year-old, who is expected to plead guilty on Jan 21, also allegedly forged a receipt. The alleged offences are believed to have taken place between 2008 and September last year. Yeo was then head of field research and technical support. The defence and the prosecution will meet on Jan 6.

MAXIMUM PENALTY

For criminal breach of trust as a servant, the maximum penalty is life imprisonment or 20 years in jail and a fine. The maximum penalty for forgery is four years in jail and a fine. Yeo could be fined up to $500,000 and/or jailed for up to seven years on each charge if convicted of using benefits from criminal conduct.


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