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Ex-Maris Stella High principal jailed for misappropriating school funds

Anthony Tan Kim Hock sentenced to nine months' jail, on top of an earlier five-month sentence for misappropriating school funds.

SINGAPORE: The former principal of Maris Stella High School was sentenced to nine months' jail today for misappropriating funds amounting to some S$67,000.

67-year-old Anthony Tan Kim Hock had pleaded guilty to nine counts of criminal breach of trust earlier this month (May 19).

The court heard that the offences took place between 2004 and 2009, when Tan used school funds to pay for overseas trips for his friend, Peter Lim.

Tan also deposited donations for the school, into his own bank account.

11 other charges, of misappropriating funds amounting to some S$14,000, were taken into consideration.

These included charges of Tan using school funds to pay for Mr Lim's tennis coaching accreditation programme, professional tennis registry renewal, and a diving course.

Tan is currently serving a sentence of five months' jail for another charge of dishonestly misappropriating nearly S$67,700 in school funds.

In sentencing, District Judge Toh Yung Cheong said the money could have been used to pay for programmes that benefited the school and its students.

He said Tan had abused his authority by ignoring procedural safeguards for school funds.

Instead, Tan appointed himself and his subordinate as the authorised signatories to bank accounts holding those funds.

The judge also noted that the offences were committed over five years on multiple occasions.

Tan will start serving his nine-month sentence after he finishes his current five-month jail term.

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