Eye doc suspended for tax evasion

Eye doc suspended for tax evasion
Currie Chiang, 56, eye surgeon of lnternational Eye Clinic (IEC) in Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, pleaded guilty to two charges of tax evasion for the Years of Assessment 2006 and 2007.

SINGAPORE- An eye specialist convicted of under declaring her income over two years has been suspended for four months by the Singapore Medical Council (SMC).

Dr Currie Chiang has already served a six-month jail sentence and paid a $117,888.30 fine for the tax offences following her conviction in May 2011.

Dr Chiang, who practises in a clinic at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, did not contest the charges filed by the SMC.

The four-month suspension runs from Dec 22.

Her defence counsel from Khattar- Wong argued that she should not be suspended as she had already suffered a six-month imprisonment.

Her lawyers also noted that the under-declaration of her taxes by about $30,000 was far less than that of two other doctors convicted of the same offence.

Dr Chua Pong Kuan, a general practitioner practising in Jurong East, had tax offences involving $200,000 while obstetrician and gynaecologist Tan Hang Yang, whose clinic was at Gleneagles Medical Centre, evaded $822,000 in taxes.

Dr Chua and Dr Tan were both suspended for six months by the SMC in 2003. But they served jail terms of two weeks and one month respectively because, at the time, there was no six-month mandatory minimum term for the offences.

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