A former Process Technician of Shell Eastern Petroleum Private Limited (Shell) received a 195-month (16 years and three months) jail sentence at the State Courts of Singapore on Thursday (20 October) over his involvement in the Shell MGO heist, according to The Straits Times.
Cai Zhi Zhong first joined Shell in 2008 as a Process Technician, a position which he held up to the time of his arrest on 8 January 2018.
During the period, he allegedly assisted the syndicate in misappropriating USD 93.6 million (approximately SGD 127.7 million) worth of gasoil over 20 instances to various vessels, according to court documents earlier obtained by Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times.
At the material time of the offences, the vessels receiving the misappropriated gasoil belonged to Vietnamese entity Prime Shipping Corporation, and Singaporean firms Sentek Marine & Trading Pte Ltd (Sentek 22 and Sentek 26) and Sirius Marine Pte Ltd (Alli and Khatim).
Mr Cai received a total of between USD 1.3 million to USD 1.6 million, of which he saved a portion and spent the rest, including on property, cars and watches.
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: 21 October, 2022
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