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Former CPIB assistant director jailed 10 years

Former assistant director of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau, Edwin Yeo Seow Hiong, has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for misappropriating more than S$1.75 million and committing forgery.

SINGAPORE: Former assistant director of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB), Edwin Yeo Seow Hiong, has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for misappropriating more than S$1.75 million and committing forgery.

The judge on Thursday noted that only a small fraction of the funds -- S$65,000 -- that were misappropriated had been recovered.

Yeo, who worked at the CPIB for 15 years, had committed the offences between 2009 and 2012.

The 39-year-old had misappropriated the funds for personal expenditures like credit card payments and settling gambling debts.

He had incurred losses of about S$740,000 from gambling at casinos as well as through bets placed with Singapore Pools.

The prosecution withdrew one charge, while the remaining 16 charges were taken into consideration for sentencing.

As a public servant, the maximum punishment for misappropriation is life imprisonment, or up to 20 years' jail and a fine. 

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