NEW CITIZEN FROM CHINA JAILED FOR CORRUPTION

Former A*Star employee, Yu Jiarong, 39, accepted bribes of more than $200,000 and also lied that he lost his Singapore passport. He was jailed for 31/2 years and fined $202,430, or 40 weeks’ jail in default. Yu will not pay the penalty and will serve the default sentence.

Yu came from China to work here in 2000. In 2008 he joined A*Star and both he and his wife became citizens. Yu said through his lawyer that he greatly regrets his actions.

The former facilities engineer with the Institute of Microelectronics (IME) pleaded guilty to five corruption charges and one of lying that he had misplaced his Singapore passport. Thirteen other corruption charges were considered during his sentencing.

Yu was in-charge of recommending quotations for services to the IME for approval. In 2011 Yu asked Mr Soh Kok Choy, then a project manager in Contech Engineering, if he could be given “commission” in exchange for jobs. Mr Soh later agreed.

Between 2012 and 2013, Yu did the same with Mr Ang Yew Heng who owned Techfield Engineering Services (TES). In early 2012, Yu asked Mr Ang if he and Mr Soh, a partner of TES, could give him a sum of money as “commission” for each job he arranged to award to TES.

Yu obtained bribes of $9,500 to $49,700 from Mr Soh and Mr Ang in 2012 and 2013. The 68 contracts awarded to the three companies was valued at $698,887.

The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau started investigations into the case in February 2014.

DPP Chong said while Yu was released on investigation bail and had his passport impounded, he applied for a new passport on Sept 5 last year. He lied to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority that he had misplaced his passport and got a replacement. He booked a flight to Shanghai on Sept 24, but was arrested at Changi Airport.

Yu could have been fined up to $100,000 and/or jailed for up to five years on each corruption charge. The maximum penalty for the Passports Act offence is a $10,000 fine and 10 years’ jail.

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