Three former Shell Eastern Petroleum employees involved in the Shell MGO bunker heist on Tuesday (23 February) were charged with bribery as the probe into the SGD 200 million gas oil heist continues, reports The Business Times.
The accused, Juandi Pungot, Muzaffar Ali Khan Muhamad Akram, and Richard Goh Chee Keong had previously been charged with criminal breach of trust bt embezzling millions of dollars’ worth of gas oil from the Pulau Bukom refinery for sale to other parties.
The trio allegedly bribed employees of surveying companies inspecting the receiving vessels to inaccurately report the amount of gas oil loaded.
Juandi and Muzaffar Ali Khan purportedly gave out bribes amounting to USD 91,900 to 10 employees of such surveying companies between 2014 and 2017.
Similarly, Goh is accused of offering bribes amounting to USD 25,000 to three employees of surveying companies to misreport gas oil loaded onto receiving vessels.
All three are scheduled to appear in court in March.
If convicted of graft, an offender could face a jail term up to five years and fined up to SGD 100,000 for each charge.
The estimated cost directly incurred by Shell at the end of 2020 to manage the consequence of the long-term misappropriation, including the implementation of new safety measures detailed is in the region of SGD 6 million, says the oil major.
Earlier coverage of developments by Manifold Times regarding the Shell MGO bunker heist can be found below:
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Published: 24 February, 2021
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