Singapore: Security firm director jailed for bribing Takashimaya manager over 3 years to cover up guard shortage

Over more than three years, the director of a firm providing security guards to the Takashimaya store at Ngee Ann City gave S$121,000 in bribes to a senior manager to cover up a shortage in security guards.

The store suffered estimated losses of about S$479,700 in liquidated damages that it was supposed to receive if there was a shortfall in the number of security officers deployed.

The director of White Knights Security Services, 30-year-old permanent resident Mandhir Singh Karpal Singh, was sentenced to 10 months in jail on Monday (Aug 16).

He pleaded guilty to five counts of corruptly giving bribes to Takashimaya’s senior divisional manager Chan Kuen Thong, with another 15 charges taken into consideration.

The court heard that Chan was in charge of Takashimaya’s security department. He joined the company in 1991 and was reporting directly to the mall’s deputy managing director and director at the time of the offences.

Singh joined his firm in 2013, starting out doing administration and rising through the ranks before being appointed director after the previous director stepped down in 2017.

Takashimaya tasked Chan to source for quotations from security agencies in 2016 after its previous provider said they could not provide enough manpower.

The original full article can be found at channelnewsasia.com

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