Former cop charged with misappropriating $4,700

SINGAPORE - A former senior investigation officer at the Singapore Police Force was charged in court on Thursday (Dec 24) for criminal breach of trust and intentionally obstructing the course of justice.

According to a statement by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB), Mr Yeo Lwee Siong, 41, is accused of dishonestly misappropriating about $4,700 in restitution monies, which belonged to the victims of a motor insurance fraud case that he was investigating.

He also allegedly shredded a police report and an acknowledgement form relating to the restitution money.

His actions are both offences punishable under Sections 409 and 204A of the Penal Code, CPIB said.

The Straits Times reported that Mr Yeo is currently out on bail of $15,000, and that a pre-trial conference has been fixed for Jan 21.

In its statement, CPIB reiterated that Singapore adopts a zero-tolerance approach towards crime.

"Law enforcement officers are expected to uphold high standards of integrity and discipline. The authorities take a serious view of such criminal conduct and will not hesitate to take swift action against those involved," it said.