Wife paid 'unusually large' sum to spy on husband

Wife paid 'unusually large' sum to spy on husband

SINGAPORE - A dentist who spent $55,000 on private investigators to spy on her cheating husband will get only $10,000 to settle the bill after a judge described the amount she paid as "unusually large".

The 35-year-old had wanted evidence to support a divorce from her 42-year-old husband of nine years.

She suspected him of having affairs with two women.

Investigators caught the chief investment officer "behaving intimately" with one of them, and the couple divorced a year ago.

A settlement case was held to determine how their assets would be split, but in judgment grounds released yesterday, Judicial Commissioner George Wei shared the husband's scepticism over the investigators' bills.

The total 213 hours of surveillance cost $41,400 - or about $195 per hour.

The husband, defended by lawyers Andy Chiok and Loy Wee Sun, produced a source which charged about $400 per day or $6,000 for an unlimited package until evidence is found.

The wife, represented by lawyer Foo Siew Fong, spent another $13,600 on "data forensic extraction" from the husband's cellphone and laptop, according to the bills.

These produced no results for the court.

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