Singapore: ICA officer charged with taking bribes from China women in return for special passes

A 47-year-old Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA) officer was charged on Tuesday (Nov 24) with accepting bribes from two female Chinese nationals between 2018 and last year.Checkpoints inspector Teo Hwee Peng allegedly took the kickbacks in various forms, such as sex and money, in exchange for helping the women stay in Singapore by arranging for them to get special passes.

He appeared in court on Tuesday with the women — Liang Qinglan, 37, and Cheng Wenjuan, 32.

Special passes are issued by either the ICA or Ministry of Manpower. They allow foreigners to stay in Singapore for specific purposes, such as to assist in investigations and attend court proceedings.

Teo now faces 12 corruption charges, while Liang was handed nine charges.Cheng was charged with 18 counts of giving gratification, most of which are separately related to bribes she allegedly gave to a vehicle workshop manager.

The original full article can be found at todayonline.com

(Photo: Ili Nadhirah Mansor/TODAY)

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