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Indain-origin Singaporean charged for corruption by the US navy

Indain origin Singaporean charged for corruption by the US navy pardesi news 1459247762

An Indian-origin Singaporean woman, who was employed by the US Navy as a lead contract specialist in Singapore has been charged in court over corruption and money-laundering offences involving over $70,000.

A 55-year-old, Indian-origin Singaporean woman, Ms. Gursharan Kaur Sharon Rachel employed with the US navy was charged for corruption, she was providing non-public information to the CEO of Glenn Defence Marine (Asia).

She was appointed as lead contract specialist by the navy in Singapore, Rachel faces seven counts of corruption involving over 100,000 Singapore dollars (SGD) ($70,000) in form of cash and paid accommodation in the luxury hotels.

Ms. Gursharan stayed in as many as five luxury hotels, with her accommodation paid for by Leonard Glenn Francis, the CEO of Glenn Defence Marine (Asia).

Ms. Gursharan also allegedly accepted bribes totalling SGD 100,000 in cash from Francis. In another two incidents, she has accepted a bribe of SGD 50,000 in December 2008 and April 2009 which she used to pay for a Prudential Prusave Limited Pay policy and as down payment for a condominium at Double Bay Residences in Singapore.

For the above two frauds, Ms. Gursharan faces two charges under the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act. She may face up to seven years' jail, a fine of up to SGD 500,000 per charge, or both.

As for the seven charges under the Prevention of Corruption Act for corruptly obtaining gratification in the form of cash and paid accommodation in luxury hotels, Ms. Gursharan may face up to five years' jail, a fine of up to SGD 100,000 per charge, or both.

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Patrick Callahan

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