A 46-year-old former deputy group manager of the Land Transport Authority (LTA) pleaded guilty on Thursday (August 26) to seven counts of receiving a bribe of S$1.24 million in loans to advance the business interests of contractors and their subsidiaries. – Contractor.
Henry Foo Yung Thye – who appeared in court on Thursday in a white polo shirt – was previously deputy director of the LTA group overseeing the construction of the Thomson-East Coast and Cross Island lines.
Another 29 cases were considered to convict him.Prosecutors noted that the defendants received a total of 1.24 million Singapore dollars in bribes for corruption. Of this amount, Fu paid S$83,750, leaving a balance of S$1,156,250. Court documents showed that the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) received an anonymous complaint in October 2018 that Fu was seeking loans from subcontractors associated with projects under his responsibility.
The commission further learned that Fu had asked the director of the China Railway Tunnel Group for financial assistance to pay off his outstanding personal debts. The CPIB investigation revealed that Fu had taken bribes in the form of loans from contractors and sub-contractors to further his business interests with the LTA.
In all, these companies had contracts with the LTA worth approximately $815 million, which Fu oversaw.
The plaintiffs argued that Fu saw reasons for receiving money from these parties, and sought to further his business interests by providing assistance to them. Deputy Attorney General Victoria Ting has called for Fu to be jailed for six years and three months, calling his case “the most significant public sector corruption case” for several supplier companies and companies in recent days. a certain amount. The attorney general said that Fu’s liability was increased by the active and repeated pursuit of financial gratification. She noted that most, if not all, contractors initially declined Foo’s requests, and only later agreed after repeated requests.
In May of this year, two men – Daewoo Engineering and Construction project manager Kim Young-joo and project manager Ro Sung-young – were sentenced to eight months in prison for conspiring to pay a $30,000 bribe to Fu.
Anyone found guilty of corruption can be fined up to S$100,000 or jailed for up to five years, or both. The maximum prison term for each corruption offense may be extended to seven years if it relates to any matter or contract with the Government or public authority or a sub-contract to perform the act contained in this Agreement.