CHC trial: How $28.6m was spent on Sun Ho's music career

City Harvest Church leader, Kong Hee.

SINGAPORE - She's the $10 million woman. 

That was the budget set aside to produce and market an English album in the US for City Harvest Church (CHC) founder Kong Hee's wife, Ho Yeow Sun.

Also known as Sun Ho, she was the face of the Crossover Project, a church mission that was started in 2002 to reach out to non-Christians through music.

But not every cent went into the music.

Nearly $700,000 was pencilled in as Kong's airfare, under the entry "increase in travelling expenses".

The document was among the evidence submitted to the courts.

Kong and five others are on trial for allegedly misusing more than $50 million of church funds - $24 million to fund Ms Ho's career and another $26.6 million to cover the tracks of the first amount.

The second leg of the trial started on Monday.

The prosecution is querying the movement of funds between CHC and different parties like Xtron, Ms Ho's former management company.






Million-dollar budget

Documents submitted for the ongoing trial showed that the original budget for Ms Ho's English album was US$6.79 million (S$8.7 million).

Of this, almost US$800,000 went to Wyclef Jean, a famed music producer and executive producer on her first US album.

Xtron thought they would make US$10 million plus by selling 1.5 million albums at US$7 each.

Ms Ho had actively pursued a music career in the US, where she was based largely, between 2003 and 2010.

She released several English singles while there, five of which made it into the Top 10 of Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs.

Xtron directors later agreed during a meeting to increase the budget for her album by another US$2 million to US$8 million (S$10 million).

More than US$360,000 was budgeted for "airport panels in China", in another section showing where the US$13 million bonds had gone.

Kong's airfare was part of the reason that a US$25 million bond was needed.

SUN HO'S ENGLISH ALBUM BUDGET

Producer fees for Wyclef John (part of US$1.5 million (S$1.9 million) for collaboration): US$625,000

Wyclef: US$170,000

First single music video: US$210,000

Remix: US$50,000

Guest producers and singers: US$1,500,000

Producer fees for Wyclef, entered on a different date, (part of $1.5 million for collaboration): US$875,000

Four music videos: US$950,000

Marketing: US$2,000,000

Tas Steiner Public Relations: US$138,000

JH Management: US$272,000

TOTAL: US$6,790,000

WHERE US$13-MILLION BOND HAS GONE

English album (already gave US$5.28 million. Document did not state to whom): US$7,394,643

Additional promotion expenses in Hong Kong: US$306,369

Airport panels in China: US$361,450

Management fee for Ling's Linkage: US$523,365

Increase in travelling expenses: US$538,481

Loan to Creative Productions: US$471,504

Return Suhardiman's loan: US$2,060,000

Loan to Wahju (former Xtron director): US$1,664,700 (went up to US$2.7 million prior English singles and promo)

TOTAL: US$13,320,512

REASON WHY WE (XTRON) NEED US$25 MILLION BONDS

USA album: US$8,694,000

English album (already given US$5.28 million. Document did not state to whom): US$7,394,643

Bonds interest: US$2,021,600

Additional promotion expenses in Hong Kong: US$306,369

Airport panels in China: US$361,450

Management fee for Ling's Linkage: US$523,365

Loan to Creative Productions: US$471,504

Increase in travelling expenses : US$538,481 (Originally under CHC: Kong Hee's airfare)

Return Suhardiman's loan: US$2,060,000

TOTAL: US$22,371,412

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