Ex-clinic manager charged with CBT

Ex-clinic manager charged with CBT
Felix Huang Keming allegedly also instigated an employee to make false entries in the clinic's chequebook register in 2005.

The former manager of Lasik Surgery Clinic (LSC) was charged yesterday with conspiring with an eye surgeon to misappropriate about $474,000.

Felix Huang Keming, 62, also faces nine charges of instigating an employee in 2005 to make false entries in the clinic's chequebook register.

The entries stated that cheques ranging from $2,520 to $79,000 had been issued to US Imaging Consultancy.

Huang, who is now retired, had allegedly abetted former national swimmer Marc Tay Tze-Hsin in 2005 to misappropriate $474,124.

Between 2009 and 2013, Huang was executive chairman of Singapore Medical Group, the parent company of LSC.

Dr Tay, 55, then a director of Pacific Healthcare Specialist Services (PHSS), was fined $30,000 in February last year on three amended charges of criminal misappropriation of $204,325, and another $2,000 for breaching the Companies Act.

The ophthalmologist was originally accused of cheating his employer PHSS by concealing payments for operations he was doing as a visiting consultant at LSC.

Under an agreement signed with PHSS, he was to hand over all generated income to the firm, which would pay him an annual gross remuneration of $396,000, coupled with certain bonuses.

Subsequently, Dr Tay became a visiting consultant at LSC.

PHSS agreed to be paid a monthly fee of $2,500 by LSC for work done by him. But between December 2005 and December 2006, LSC paid Dr Tay separate fees of $445,874, which he concealed from PHSS.

Huang is accused of helping Tay with the misdeed.

Huang, represented by Mr Abraham Vergis, had his bail doubled to $100,000 so he could travel to Europe for the next two weeks.

A pre-trial conference is scheduled on Aug 6.

The maximum punishment for criminal breach of trust is 10 years' jail and a fine.

If convicted of wilfully intending to defraud by falsifying a book belonging to his employer, he can be jailed for up to seven years and/or fined.

This article was first published on July 4, 2015.
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