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Shell MGO bunker heist: Ex-CCIC Singapore surveyor pleads guilty to misconduct, receiving USD 12k in bribes

22 Aug 2022

The State Courts of the Republic of Singapore on Friday (19 August) sentenced Kumunan Rethana Kumaran, a surveyor who formerly worked for CCIC Singapore Pte Ltd, to 15 weeks in jail over misconduct.

He was amongst 12 individuals charged at Court in April for corruption offences in connection to the conspiracy of misappropriating oil from Shell Eastern Petroleum’s (Shell) Pulau Bukom site.

Kumunan did not accurately report the amount of cargo loaded onto vessels which CCIC was engaged to inspect and expected that he would receive money for doing so, according to a court document obtained by Manifold Times.

He also turned a blind eye to and kept quiet about any misappropriation of Shell gasoil.

Specifically, Kumunan helped former Shell employees Muzaffar and Juandi, and their co-conspirators to conceal the misappropriation of gasoil.

As a result of his assistance, two incidents of misappropriation of Shell gasoil worth USD 634,017.78 went undetected by Shell in 2016.

The two events led to Kumunan corruptly receiving gratification of a total of USD 12,000 (SGD 16,134) from Noruliman Bin Bakti (who left his employment at Intertek to work at CCIC as surveyor) as rewards for not accurately reporting the amount of cargo loaded onto vessels which CCIC was engaged to inspect.

These two incidents, taken together, amount to an offence punishable under Section 6(a) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, which is an amalgamated charge under Section 124(4) of the Criminal Procedure Code.

Earlier coverage of developments by Manifold Times regarding the Shell MGO bunker heist can be found below:

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Photo credit: Manifold Times
Published: 22 August, 2022

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