CHC trial: Advice was not mine, says auditor

CHC trial: Advice was not mine, says auditor
Mr Foong: Spent much of his time on the stand on Thursday not being able to recall incidents he was being questioned on.

SINGAPORE - Auditor Foong Daw Ching could not remember which City Harvest Church (CHC) leaders he met or what they discussed.

But e-mails presented in court on Friday showed that former finance manager Serina Wee had met the co-founder of auditing firm Baker Tilly TFW to discuss financial matters and updated senior members afterwards.

Wee and five others are accused of misusing more than $50 million of church money to finance pop singer Ho Yeow Sun's music career and covering up their tracks.

Here are excerpts of what they said compared to what Mr Foong, 63, said:

CHC founder Kong Hee: Mr Foong endorsed Xtron Productions

Unnerved by the bad press over charity health-care organisation Ren Ci's financial mismanagement, church staff member Suraj had written to Kong about his concerns over CHC accounts and Xtron Productions' retainer not being watertight.

Xtron used to manage Ms Ho.

Kong replied that they should make everything watertight and asked for an internal audit.

He wrote in a July 2008 e-mail: "From what I understand, all the transactions with (Xtron) have the endorsements of Foong Daw Ching, who is a super conservative accountant."

Mr Foong told chief prosecutor Mavis Chionh he did not know what transactions Kong was talking about: "I don't see any reason why I should be the one endorsing it because I hold no position in both Xtron and CHC."

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