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Four Indians charged for bribing Singaporean Custom officers

Four Indians charged for bribing Singaporean Custom officers

SINGAPORE: Four Indians who have been involved in trying to bribe the customs officers in Singapore and for fraudulently claiming Goods and Services Tax tourist refunds, have been charged by Singaporean Court..

The four Indians along with two Singaporeans were arrested after the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) had identified several suspicious GST refund claims using data analytics on its electronic tourist refund system (eTRS), an official statement said on Thursday.

The IRAS then worked with the Singapore Customs, Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) to investigate the case and subsequently arrested the four Indians and a former Customs officer, Mohamed Yusof Abdul Rahman on January 27, 2014.

A Singaporean sales executive, Lim Pheck Aun, who was employed with a goldsmith shop, was also arrested by the CPIB on the same day.

The four Indian nationals charged by the court were Sundar Panneer Selvam, Baskaran Uthirapathy, Pounraj Natarajan and Gobi Raman.

Mr. Selvam was charged with 29 counts of corruptly giving gratification amounting to S$10,800 and seven counts of giving gratification in the form of a bottle of liquor.

He also faces 30 counts for wilful intent to fraudulently claim GST refunds amounting to S$213,007.34, and nine counts of removing cash arising from fraudulent GST refund claims out of Singapore.

Mr. Uthirapathy was charged with 11 counts of abetting Mr. Selvam and Mr. Natarajan to corruptly give gratification to Mr. Rahman amounting to S$3,550 and one bottle of liquor and $400 to Mr. Lim.

There are also 33 counts for wilful intent to fraudulently claim GST refunds amounting to S$98,273.64, and 11 counts of removing cash arising from fraudulent GST refund claims out of Singapore.

Mr. Natarajan was charged with five counts of corruptly giving gratification amounting to S$1,300 to Mr. Rahman through the previous two men, and one count of corruptly giving gratification amounting to S$250 to the former Customs officer.

He is also facing 30 counts for wilful intent to fraudulently claim GST refunds amounting to S$114,990.51 and 11 counts of removing cash arising from fraudulent GST refund claims out of Singapore.

Mr. Raman was charged with 26 counts for wilful intent to fraudulently claim GST refunds amounting to S$143,359.63 and nine counts of removing cash arising from fraudulent GST refund claims out of Singapore.

Mr. Rahman, whose employment with the custom department was not renewed when it expired earlier this month, was charged with corruptly accepting gratification amounting to S$11,400 and intentionally assisting the four Indian nationals to fraudulently claim a total of S$493,858.67 in GST refunds.