A total of two former employees of Singapore-based Golden Star Marine and Prosperbiz Petroleum were sentenced to jail by a Singapore court on August 2018 over corruption offences, according to documents obtained by Manifold Times.
The ex-employee who worked for both Golden Star Marine and Prosperbiz Petroleum received a 36-week jail sentence, while the former staff of Prosperbiz Petroleum received a 24-week jail sentence.
The duo gave bribes totalling SGD $92,000 (USD $66,650) to a total of two officers from the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and Royal Malaysia Customs Department between the period of 2011 to 2014.
The payments were made to the two Malaysian officers as inducement for refraining from conducting checks on Golden Star Marine’s vessels during bunkering operations for offences.
Additionally, the ex-employee who worked for both Golden Star Marine and Prosperbiz Petroleum is facing a further charge of engaging in a conspiracy with two other accomplices for provide false information to the Singapore police on 15 August 2015 regarding the charter of Singapore-registered tanker MT Joaquim.
The trio claimed the MT Joaquim was hijacked while on its way to unload cargo to a Thai buyer, when the truth was that it was hijacked near Malaysian territorial waters after receiving 2,000 metric tonnes (mt) of illegally purchased crude oil from passing vessel Universal Brave at the Straits of Malacca and was on its way back to Singapore.
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Published: 23 October, 2018
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