An Immigration And Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officer has been slapped with a total of 33 charges, including for allegedly accepting sexual gratification in exchange for favours.
ICA Staff Sergeant Chin Peng Sum, 51, was charged at the State Courts on Thursday (27 September) with four counts of corruptly accepting sexual gratification from Zhu Shirong and Wang Chenghong as an inducement to recommend the extension of their Special Passes.
Chin also faces one count of intentionally obstructing the course of justice by deleting 37 incriminatory text messages between Zhu and him in connection with an investigation against him.
He was also charged with two counts of abetment by instigating Wang and Tang Yuanyuan to obstruct the course of justice. Chin had allegedly told the two to delete incriminatory text messages exchanged between them and him while he was under investigation.
Chin also faces 13 counts of communicating information to Wang, Zhu, Tang and an unidentified person known by “Yan Yan” when he was not authorised to do so. The information related to impending raids by an enforcement agency.
He was also charged with 13 counts of intentionally obstructing the course of justice, by communicating information about an enforcement agency raid to Wang, Zhu, Tang and “Yan Yan” to prevent their apprehension for vice and immigration offences.
Chin’s lawyer S Govindaraju said that the charges were first served to his client on Tuesday and that they they have not decided on the course of action.
Speaking to reporters outside the court building, Chin said he has been on indefinite suspension from his job for over a year. He will be back in court on 25 October.
If convicted of corruptly accepting sexual gratification, Chin could be jailed up to five years, fined a maximum of $100,000, or both. For obstructing the course of justice, he could be jailed up to seven years, fined, or both.
If convicted for communicating information without authorisation, Chin could jailed up to two years and be fined up to $2,000.