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Shell MGO bunker heist: Ex-Shell blending specialist jailed over USD 956,000 worth of misappropriated gasoil

27 Sep 2022

The former Blending Specialist of Shell Eastern Petroleum Private Limited (Shell) received a jail sentence of a year and four months from a Judge at the State Courts of Singapore on Monday (26 September) after pleading guilty to one count of a conspiracy to commit criminal breach of trust.

Quek Rong Hong first joined Shell sometime in 2005 and had held the position of Blending Specialist from November 2017. At the time of arrest, his monthly basic salary was about SGD 4,300, showed court documents obtained by Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times.

Quek was recruited by Juandi bin Pungot to misappropriate gasoil from Shell Pulau Bukom sometime in December 2017; he received a brown envelope containing cash of SGD 20,000 and USD 20,000 from Juandi who was seeking his corporation.

On 7 January 2018, Quek blended low sulphur gasoil into a tank specified by former Shell employee Muzaffar Ali Khan bin Muhamad Akram and prepared an internal transfer of gasoil between two specific tanks to mask the misappropriation of gasoil onto the vessel Prime South.

Due to his actions, a total 1,593.2 metric tonnes of gasoil valued at about USD 956,389.41 (about SGD1,271,997.92) belonging to Shell was dishonestly misappropriated by being transferred out of Shell Pulau Bukom.

Quek was later arrested on 8 January 2018. In the course of investigations, the brown envelope and the cash of SGD 20,000 and USD 20,000 given to him by Juandi was seized.

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: 27 September, 2022

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