$10 million to produce and market Sun Ho's album in US: Trial documents

Documents submitted during the trial of five City Harvest Church (CHC) leaders and one former leader showed that Xtron Productions, a company that used to manage singer Sun Ho, had budgeted $10 million to produce and market her English album in the US.

The album has yet to be released.

Another budget for $28.6 million on promoting the album in Asia included almost $700,000 on church founder Kong Hee's airfare.

Kong is Ms Ho's husband and one of the accused.

Five CHC leaders and one former member are on trial for allegedly misusing more than $50 million of church funds, including $24 million to fund singer Ms Ho's career and another $26.6 million to cover the tracks of the first amount.

Read the full report in The New Paper on Wednesday (Aug 28).

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City Harvest trial: Sun Ho allegedly received over $500k in bonuses and advances

Pop singer Ho Yeow Sun allegedly received more than half a million in bonuses and advances, including a $30,000 birthday cash gift and an $80,000 "special performance bonus for hits in the US or the United Kingdom" in 2006.

According to an article in The Straits Times, leaders of City Harvest Church had allegedly doctored documents to show that sponsors had given the money to her as "personal gifts" instead.

These were details that surfaced on the first day of the second leg of the trial involving six church leaders accused of misusing millions of church funds.

The high-profile trial had resumed after a three-month break.

On Monday, prosecutors tried to show that Ms Ho's former management company, Xtron Productions, was a puppet company controlled by the church's leadership, including founder Kong Hee, who is her husband.

The State is accusing the six of using Xtron and another firm, Firna, to funnel $24 million of church funds into paying for Ms Ho's secular pop music career, and then misappropriating another $26 million to cover that up.

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