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Sunday, 9 March 2014

GP gets jail for transferring cash five years before bankruptcy order

A doctor was sentenced to 10 weeks’ jail after he was convicted of transferring more than S$190,000 (RM489,387) within five years prior to his bankruptcy.

Undischarged bankrupt Andrew Chee Weng Kheong, 58, was found guilty of four counts of transferring a total of S$197,345 (RM508,306) to his lover and her brother in 2004 and 2006.

Chee, who was cleared of four other similar charges involving S$515,680 (RM1.3mil), is appealing against conviction.

On Friday, District Judge Toh Yung Cheong found the general practitioner guilty of transferring three sums totalling S$161,345 (RM415,580) to Lew Yek Yeong, his clinic assistant, and S$36,000 (RM92,726) to Lew’s brother, Lew Kwan Koon, in March 2004 in the five years before the bankruptcy order was made.

He was declared bankrupt in October 2006.

Chee made the news in 2011 when his ex-wife, Elizabeth Lim Choo Suan, took contempt proceedings against him for failing to pay S$115,000 (RM296,208) in maintenance to her and her four children. They divorced in March 2004.

When he failed to pay her a share of the matrimonial assets of S$184,000 (RM473,933) soon after, Lim petitioned successfully to make him bankrupt.

The court heard that Chee, owner of a clinic in Bukit Batok, had deposited the first prize Toto winnings of S$617,914 (RM1.5mil) into the joint account with his then wife in 2003.

Chee claimed that the winnings belonged solely to Lew.

Acquitting him of these charges, District Judge Toh Yung Cheong said: “There was a distinct possibility, amounting to a reasonable doubt that Lew and the accused were joint holders of the winning ticket and that part of the S$671,914 (RM1.7mil) belonged to Lew.” — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

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