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Former FAS deputy director and wife charged with 2 others for conspiring to cheat association

Former FAS deputy director and wife charged with 2 others for conspiring to cheat association

File photo of a football. (AFP/Illustration)

SINGAPORE: Four people were charged in court on Wednesday (Dec 9) for conspiring to cheat the Football Association of Singapore (FAS).

Rikram Jit Singh Randhir Singh is alleged to have conspired with his wife Asya Kirin Kames to cheat the FAS, said the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB). Rikram was deputy director of commercial and business development at the FAS at the time of the offences.

Asya was director of the All Resource Network from Apr 20, 2017 to Oct 1, 2017, after which the position was taken up by 43-year-old Shankar Suppiah. Rikram allegedly also conspired with Shankar to cheat the association.

Invoices from the All Resource Network were submitted to FAS, concealing the alleged fact of Rikram’s involvement with the company, said CPIB.

As a result of the alleged conspiracy, FAS awarded jobs to All Resource Network and delivered a sum of S$181,875 to the company between 2017 and 2018, said CPIB.

Rikram and Asya face 28 charges each for cheating with abetment and two charges for cheating with abetment punishable with imprisonment.  

Rikram and Asya face a further 15 charges for cheating with abetment after allegedly conspiring with Shankar and another man, Pallaniappan Ravindran, who was at the time of the offences the director of Myriad Sports and Events.

The four are accused of working together in some instances to submit quotations from Myriad Sports and Events to FAS, which concealed the alleged fact that the work on the said quotations would be carried out by All Resource Network instead of Myriad Sports and Events. They also hid Rikram’s alleged involvement in the All Resource Network.

"This alleged dishonesty induced FAS to award the said works to Myriad Sports and Events, and deliver a sum amounting to S$457,605 to Myriad Sports and Events between 2016 and 2018," said CPIB.

Shankar faces 28 charges for cheating with abetment, as well as two charges for cheating with abetment punishable with imprisonment. Ravindran faces 15 charges for cheating with abetment.

“The CPIB takes a serious view against corruption and other criminal activities such as cheating,” it said.

In response to CNA's queries, a FAS spokesperson said: "We have extended our full cooperation with the authorities and are unable to comment as court proceedings are ongoing."

The spokesperson said Rikram has been sacked by the FAS.

Anyone convicted of cheating can be sentenced to up to 10 years' jail and fined.

Source: CNA/lk(hs)

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