Anticorruption Official in Singapore Goes to Jail for Misappropriating Public Funds

An official working at Singapore's Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday in court to three charges of criminal breach of trust and one charge of forgery, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing court papers.


Edwin Yeo, an assistant director in the anticorruption agency, also admitted to 16 additional charges that included criminal breach of trust and money laundering.


Yeo had served 15 years at the anticorruption agency, where he was most recently its head of field research and technical support. He was suspended from duty in September 2012 after the agency detected signs of alleged wrongdoing.


Prosecutors alleged Yeo had misappropriated money from the anticorruption agency to pay off personal expenses and support a gambling habit. Further citing court papers, the Journal reports that investigators found that Yeo had incurred more than S$742,000 in gambling losses from 2008 to 2012, including nearly S$480,000 lost during visits to Singapore's two casino resorts.


District Judge Ng Peng Hong said that "there was an egregious abuse of position and trust" on the part of Yeo, whose offenses were "well-planned and hard to detect."


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