The High Court has drastically reduced the jail terms of CHC pastor Kong Hee and his company of fraudsters. CNA (Apr 7)
Singaporeans are shocked because prosecutors had earlier stated that the CHC scandal was “Fraud of the worst kind“. Not only has the AGC failed to increase the fraudsters’ jail terms in its appeal, the defendants have managed to get them reduced.
How is it a “Fraud of the worst kind” when the mastermind’s jail term is only 3 1/2 years?
Among the 4 fraudsters with jail sentences of more than 5 years, lead fraudster Kong Hee was given a whopping 56% discount. This must surely be a record and a slap on the AGC’s face, one on each side.
According to DPP Ong, “Kong Hee had benefited indirectly, because his wife Sun Ho was the direct beneficiary of the sham investments“. Kong Hee had also encouraged Sun Ho’s US manager to “plan as if the sky is the limit” . Donkee was aware that CHC funds were not available and said that they would “work out how we are going to get the funds later“. link Kong Hee’s intent could not have been clearer.
By reducing the mastermind’s jail sentence to only 3 /2 years, doesn’t it make a mockery of our justice system?
Kong Hee’s wife was burning cash in Hollywood in what most have agreed was a futile attempt at spreading God’s word. 😦
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Since the CHC scandal was first uncovered in 2010, the government has spent tens of millions in tax dollars to bring these criminals to justice. However, the sentences do not reflect the severity of the crime.
By letting off a group of religious fraudsters lightly, it appears that millions in tax dollars have gone down the drain. 😦