The latest development in the City Harvest Church (CHC) case saw its ex-finance chief Serina Wee, 35, charged this morning with six charges for criminal breach of trust and four for falsifying accounts over her alleged role in siphoning church funds at CHC. Founding pastor Kong Hee also made an appearance in court.
According to a report in The Straits Times Online, Serina Wee is the sixth person charged in the alleged misuse of funds. Her bail was set at $500,000. On Jun 27, the church's founding pastor Kong Hee, 47, and four others were charged with misappropriating church funds of over $50 million. Their bail had been extended.
The six senior church members were alleged to have funnelled $24 million into sham bond investments to further the music career of Sun Ho, or Ho Yeow Sun Kong Hee's pop singer wife. They also allegedly misappropriated a further $26.6 million in church funds to cover up the first amount.
At 8.55am today, Kong Hee arrived at the Subordinate Court for a second mention in the high-profile case. He was not accompanied by his wife Ho Yeow Sun this time.
Kong, 47, and church management board member John Lam Leng Hung, 44, face three charges of criminal breach of trust. Kong's deputy Tan Ye Peng, 39; church finance manager Sharon Tan Shao Yuen, 36; and investment manager Chew Eng Han, 52 -- face between seven and 10 charges of criminal breach of trust and falsifying accounts.
The first offence draws a maximum of 10 years' jail, and or a fine. The second, which Kong's charges come under, is punishable with a life sentence, or jail of up to 20 years and a fine.
Read more about the City Harvest Church case in The Courtroom.