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COMPANY FACES 42 CHARGES AFTER ALLEGEDLY MISAPPROPRIATING MARINE GASOIL WORTH US$56M

On 29 September 2022, Sentek Marine & Trading Pte Ltd (“Sentek”) will be charged in court for offences under the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act (“CDSA”).

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Sentek will face 42 charges of acquiring property that it knew was another person’s benefit from criminal conduct, being offences under section 47(3) of the CDSA.

The charges allege that, between August 2014 and January 2018 at Pulau Bukom, Sentek received on board its vessels a total of about 118,131 metric tonnes of marine gasoil, valued at over USD 56 million, which had been dishonestly misappropriated from Shell Eastern Petroleum Pte Ltd’s facility.

Each of Sentek’s offences is punishable upon conviction with a fine not exceeding SGD 1 million or twice the value of the property in respect of which the offence was committed, whichever is higher.

Previously, on 3 August 2022, Mr Pai Keng Pheng, the Managing Director of Sentek at the material time, had also been charged with 42 related charges under the CDSA.

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He additionally faces 30 charges for corruptly giving gratification under Section 5(b)(i) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and 11 charges for obstructing the course of justice under Section 204A of the Penal Code.

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