A 39-year-old Indian citizen in Singapore was sentenced on Thursday to four weeks in prison and ordered to pay a fine equivalent to the bribe he received from a Shell employee in 2016, according to a media report.
Paramanandham Srinivasan, a surveyor, who accepted USD 3,000 as a bribe from Muzaffar Ali Khan Muhamad Akram, a Shell employee, and turned a blind eye to the embezzlement of gas oil at the Shell Pulau Bukom refinery.
Srinivasan pleaded guilty to one corruption charge.
He was sentenced by a court here to four weeks in prison and ordered to pay a fine of SGD 4,046.70 – the local dollar equivalent of the bribe amount, The Straits Times newspaper reported.
Srinivasan was one of 12 surveyors charged on April 14 for taking bribes from then-Shell employees Muzaffar, Juandi Pungot and Richard Goh Chee Keong, the report said.
Paramanandham had spotted Muzaffar sometime around April 28, 2016 aboard a ship that was due to inspect his company.
Deputy Prosecutor Norman Yew said in court documents that Paramanandham’s company, SGS Testing and Control Services Singapore, provided surveying services, including the inspection of the amount of cargo delivered by suppliers such as Shell to ships in Singapore.
After receiving the bribes, the accused failed to accurately report the amount of cargo loaded on that ship and turned a blind eye to Muzaffar’s embezzlement of gas oil at Shell Pulau Bukom, Yew said.
“Through these actions, the accused helped Muzaffar, Juandi and their co-conspirators to cover up the misappropriation of gas oil,” said Deputy District Attorney Yew.
As a result of Paramanandham’s action, the embezzlement of Shell oil worth USD 236,956.14 in 2016 went undetected by the company.
The maximum penalty for corruption is a fine of SGD 100,000 and five years in prison, the report said. PTI GS PY AKJ PY PY
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