Lim Cheng Hoe, who spent 38 years in public service and received the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2009, was initially facing 60 counts of cheating the Government of about $89,000. The remaining 50 charges will be taken into consideration during his sentencing hearing on Thursday afternoon.
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About the case
MFA official charged over false expense claims
By Elena Chong
Lim Cheng Hoe, who was chief of protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), was charged in court on Oct 10, 2013 with falsifying expense claims of almost $89,000 for wine and pineapple tarts.
The popular pastry - some 10,075 boxes of it - and wine were purportedly meant to be used as gifts during overseas trips made by MFA officials.
Lim allegedly cheated the ministry and a separate government unit that handles reimbursements on 56 and four occasions respectively.
The court heard that he made claims for pineapple tarts and wine from 2008 to last year, which he did not actually pay for or use during the trips.
The 60-year-old allegedly falsified receipts, or used genuine receipts but inflated in claims the number of items used for official purposes, to cover up his ruse.
In all, he claimed for 10,075 boxes of pineapple tarts and 248 bottles of wine. But only 2,226 boxes of the tarts and 89 bottles of wine were used as gifts for foreign diplomats or delegates.
The value reflected in each of the charges Lim faces ranged from $280 to $5,080.