SINGAPORE: Liang An Wey, a former senior vice president at Singapore Post (SingPost), received a jail sentence of six months and one week on Thursday (16 Nov) for cheating and bribery charges.
The 47-year-old was found guilty of manipulating SingPost into paying him an inflated salary and attempting to secure a S$1 million (US$740,680) bribe from a subcontractor’s COO.
Liang, during his trial that commenced in January, denied both allegations. However, District Judge Kow Keng Siong found him guilty last month for deceiving SingPost into offering him a S$8,000 salary by falsifying his employment history.
Additionally, Liang attempted to solicit a bribe from Bintai Kindenko’s COO, Mr. Wong Siaw Fun, between March and June 2015.
SingPost dismissed Liang in April 2018.
The potential penalties for corruption include a maximum imprisonment term of up to five years and a fine of up to S$100,000. Meanwhile, for the offense of cheating, one could face imprisonment of up to 10 years in addition to a fine.
Liang allegedly misled SingPost, resulting in overpaid salary
In the trial’s closing arguments, the prosecution alleged that Liang misled SingPost about his work history, triggering the belief that he was a formal employee and resulting in an overpayment of S$8,000 upon his SingPost employment.
Per documents agreed upon by both sides, Liang’s CV submitted for the VP, Project Execution role stated his employment at GSM Holdings from August 2012, claiming a salary of S$12,500 plus a S$2,000 transport allowance.
However, Liang’s association with GSM, managed by his friend Gary Tan, was informal. He assisted Tan on occasion, primarily with a Senoko Loop factory project, without formal employment, salary, or provident fund contributions.