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Singapore police files new charges for theft of MGO from Shell

Singapore police have filed new charges on a group of men charged last month for allegedly stealing marine gasoil from Shell Eastern Petroleum’s refinery, official police documents obtained by S&P Global Platts showed.

Five fresh charges were filed against Juandi Pungot, Muzaffar Ali Khan Muhamad Akram, Cai Zhi Zhong, Tiah Kok Hwee, and Koh Choon Wei, who are alleged to have conspired to misappropriate about $2.83 million worth of MGO.

The alleged offences on August 4 last year concern 907 mt of MGO worth $428,086; on July last year 1,834 mt of MGO valued at $839,165; on July 5 last year 874 mt of MGO worth $399,907; on May 5 last year 705 mt of MGO estimated at $322,460 and on April 24 last year 1,742 mt of MGO worth $842,762.

The five men, former Shell employees, now face a total of 12 charges each.

Another three former Shell employees, Abdul Latif Ibrahim, Richard Goh Chee Keong and Mohd Ibrahim K. Abdul Majid were also indicted Thursday on fresh charges of conspiring to misappropriate 2,568.90 mt of MGO estimated at $1.43 million. The alleged offences occurred on November 24 and December 5, 2017.

They now face a total of six charges each.

Bunker surveyor Muhammad Ali bin Muhammad Nor was indicted of six new charges for allegedly conspiring with five former Shell employees to steal 6,776.90 mt of MGO worth $3.27 million. This is in addition to two earlier charges.

Ali is suspected of committing the offences on six occasions over April 25 to November 4 last year.

Vietnamese national Nguyen Duc Quang was also indicted with three new charges of dishonestly receiving a total of 3,321 mt of stolen MGO valued at $1.56 million onto the vessel Prime South at Pulau Bukom, Singapore, according to the police documents Thursday.

The alleged offences were said to have occurred on April 24, May 5 and July 5 last year.

Nguyen now faces a total of eight charges.

Meanwhile, bunker supplier Sentek Marine & Trading’s former cargo officer Alan Tan Cheng Chuan, was served a third charge for dishonestly receiving 517.8 mt of MGO valued at S$385,424.43 ($295,216) onboard the vessel Sentek 26 on November 5, 2017 from Shell’s Bukom refinery, according to official police documents.

Save for Nguyen, all the Singaporean men have been offered bail. Nguyen and two other Vietnamese nationals, Doan Xuan Than and Dang Van Hanh, are in remand. No new charges were filed against Doan and Dang.

Last month, Singapore police arrested 20 men for their suspected involvement in misappropriating MGO from Shell’s refinery at Pulau Bukom in Singapore.

To date, 14 men have been charged.
Source: Platts

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