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Ex-SPH Senior Executive Peter Khoo Pleads Guilty (BT)

BackAug 25, 2012

FORMER Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) senior executive Peter Khoo Chong Meng, who is accused of stealing shopping vouchers and taking kickbacks, yesterday pleaded guilty to two counts of corruption and one count of criminal breach of trust.

The court took into consideration seven other charges, reported The Straits Times.

Khoo, 49, had been with SPH for 22 years before he was sacked in September 2010. He was senior vice-president of SPH's English and Malay newspapers division and head of its editorial projects unit.

Khoo was arrested the day after he was sacked.

He was accused of obtaining $83,500 in kickbacks between July 2006 and August 2010 from Liaw Kim Chew "as a reward" for awarding Liaw business deals.

On one occasion, Khoo received $30,000 for awarding Liaw a business deal to supply 100,000 coin banks to the editorial projects unit.

Khoo was also accused of misappropriating two CapitaLand vouchers worth $11,547 and $11,548.

The shopping vouchers were meant as gifts to contest winners and readers as part of branding and marketing activities for The Straits Times.

Khoo was organising chairman of the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, and coordinated events and activities to raise donations for the newspaper's charity.

He has since made restitution of $196,500.

He will be sentenced on Nov 16, The Straits Times reported.