City Harvest case continues in court today

SINGAPORE - Charged with misappropriating church funds, City Harvest church founder Kong Hee today arrived at court at about 8.45am.

Kong vice-chairman Tan Ye Peng, chairman John Lam Leng Hung, investment manager Chew Eng Han, and Sharon Tan Shao Yuen were all charged for conspiracy to commit criminal breach of trust by agent on June 27.

Their case will continue today.

For two years, from 2010, the Commissioner of Charities (COC) and the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) conducted a concurrent investigation and inquiry into suspected financial irregularities inside CHC.

The COC revealed that financial irregularities of at least $23 million from the charity's funds have been discovered which it said were used with the purported intention to finance Ho Yeow Sun's secular music career to connect with people. Ho, 42, is Kong's pop singer wife.

A further $26.6 million in church funds is allegedly misappropriated to cover up the first amount.

The five have not pleaded guilty. If found guilty, they could face lengthy jail terms, even for life.

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City Harvest church founder, 4 others charged in court
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