Singapore: 3 former Shell employees charged with bribing vessel inspectors

Three former Shell Eastern Petroleum employees who are accused of being involved in a scheme to steal fuel from the petroleum giant’s Pulau Bukom refinery were charged in court on Tuesday (Feb 23) with corruption offences.

The men are accused of bribing employees of various surveying companies engaged by Shell to inspect vessels to which Shell supplied fuel, said the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB). They were previously also charged over their alleged involvement in misappropriating fuel from Shell Bukom.

Former Shell staff members Juandi Pungot, 44 and Muzaffar Ali Khan Muhamad Akram, 40, allegedly conspired to give bribes totalling about US$91,900 (S$121,600) to 10 employees of various surveying companies between 2014 and 2017. These were given as “rewards for refraining from accurately reporting the amount of gasoil loaded onto vessels which they were engaged to inspect”, said CPIB in a press release.

Juandi and Muzaffar each faces 13 charges under the Prevention of Corruption Act, of which seven charges were amalgamated.

The third employee, 51-year-old Richard Goh Chee Keong, allegedly gave bribes totalling about US$25,000 to three employees of various surveying companies between 2016 and 2017.

The original full article can be found at channelnewsasia.com

(Photo: Adrian Dennis/AFP via Getty Images)

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