Ex-SCDF tech director on trial for CBT

Ex-SCDF tech director on trial for CBT
Jeganathan is accused of misappropriating two iPads worth $1,877 in total in 2011.

A former director of technology at the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), who has been accused of misappropriating two iPads, apparently wanted to buy them, a district court heard yesterday.

Jeganathan Ramasamy, 63, who was director of technology from 2007 to 2012, claimed trial to two charges of criminal breach of trust of two iPad 2 tablets, worth a total of $1,877, in September 2011.

The court heard yesterday from NCS vice-president of communications engineering Wong Soon Nam, 51, that he had told Jeganathan in a text message that the iPads were meant for all new mobile apps the IT firm was rolling out for SCDF.

He used the phrases "for you to trial" and "so this is tool to facilitate testing".

Deputy Public Prosecutor Hon Yi said the iPads were provided to SCDF by NCS for the agency to test mobile applications that NCS was to develop for SCDF.

Jeganathan knew the iPads were for SCDF, but sold one and gave the other to his daughter, now 28, the court heard.

One iPad was sold for $200 to his colleague Eric Yap, then SCDF senior director of emergency services. Commissioner Yap, 45, became SCDF head in 2012.

Mr Wong testified that he met Jeganathan at SCDF premises on Sept 7, 2011, to present NCS' plan. With him was then NCS director of business development Esther Goh and another colleague.

Jeganathan noticed they were using the newly launched iPads and asked how much they cost. Mr Wong explained they were bought at a staff rate.

"There was, in general, an agreement that we would do proof of concept and trial with SCDF," he said, adding that proof of concept was a software application that NCS would develop with SCDF. He told Ms Goh to follow up.

The next day, he said, Jeganathan sent him a text message saying he was "serious about the iPad... Any good news". Mr Wong replied that his colleague was arranging the trial and proof of concept and forwarded Jeganathan's message to her.

Asked by DPP Hon if the iPads were for sale or on loan to SCDF, Mr Wong replied: "It was meant to be a loan. Therefore, we do not expect SCDF to pay for it."

Asked if there was a loan period, Mr Wong said he found out later there was no definition of one.

If convicted, Jeganathan could be jailed for up to 20 years and fined on each charge. The trial continues, with Ms Goh expected to take the stand today.

This article was first published on January 3, 2015.
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