Former City Harvest Church fund manager arrested while attempting to flee the country

Former City Harvest Church (CHC) fund manager Chew Eng Heng has been arrested for attempting to leave the country illegally today morning (21 Feb).

The 56-year-old was convicted in 2015 alongside other CHC leaders of misappropriating S$50 million of church funds, but has been allowed to defer his jail term of 3 years and 4 months until Thursday (22 Feb) to spend CNY with his family.

In a statement issued by the Police at Loyang Police Coast Guard Base, Chew was arrested by the Police Coast Guard while attempting to flee the country illegally with a motorised sampan.

The police said that the motorised sampan which Chew used was intercepted in the sea off Pulau Ubin at about 8.47 am today morning. About S$5,000 and fishing equipment were found on the sampan.

Photo: CNA

Another male, Tan Poh Teck, who was piloting the sampan was also arrested along with Chew, for attempting to leave Singapore unlawfully at an Unauthorised Point of Departure under Chapter 133 of the Immigration Act.

On the same day, the brother of Chew, 61-year-old Chew Eng Soon was also arrested by the police for abetting Chew.

The sentences

Church founder Kong Hee, 52; deputy senior pastor Tan Ye Peng, 44; former finance manager Serina Wee, 40; former finance committee member John Lam, 49; and former finance manager Sharon Tan, 41, started their respective jail terms on 21 April last year.

Their reduced sentences as it stands are:

  • Kong Hee: From 8 years to 3 years and 6 months.
  • Tan Ye Peng: From 5½ years’ to 3 years and 2 months.
  • Chew Eng Han: From 6 years to 3 years and 4 months.
  • Serina Wee Gek Yin : From 5 years to 2½ years.
  • John Lam Leng Hung: From 3 years to 1½ years.
  • Sharon Tan Shao Yuen: From 21 months to 7 months.

Of the 6, Sharon Tan should have completed her sentence and released well before Christmas last year.

 

* Updated on 23rd Feb: Both Chew and Tan were charged in court on Thursday (23rd Feb) and ordered to be remanded for a week pending further investigations.

 

 

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25 Responses to “Former City Harvest Church fund manager arrested while attempting to flee the country”

  • rukidding:

    What kind of GOD are these Pastors and their members preaching ????

    First mis-appropriate….then now “trying to run road” ????

    Should be “laughing” for being “given” such “reduced” sentences already ?

    Better “celebrate”,…by “drinking” China wine !

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  • Never knew:

    This is what u get when you allow the super rich to defer their jail terms. Wow what a privilege! Never knew there was such a rule. If A poor man how? Got such privilge or not if reasons of family emergency or…?

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  • Imagine that:

    This news was even being reported on BBC WORLDNEWS today.

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  • LIONS:

    It shud be renamed the $hitty Harve$ters’ Church????

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  • Bapak:

    Without tip off wonder they even know. Just like the limping man and the Canadian man.

    Now other country caught him can bargain no canning also can. Ang Mo tua kee izzit??

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  • oxygen:

    EVANGELISM CANNOT BE TRUSTED regardless of faith obssession – they have no moral anchor of their own, often lost in fanaticism, out of touch with realities, stopped thinking and cannot see how deeply their own flaws are.

    Best to stay away from them because they infect you with their lunacy and false morality.

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  • Flickshit:

    When GOD try to help, the followers betray him. OMG, why are you allow this to happen??

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  • Maxchewy:

    Likely to sink into deeper depression in Changi and shorten his life significantly! Pity his wife and 2 sons.
    Not worth it to get involved with easy millions of $$$$$$$$. Stay away from big money that’s not yours.
    Same same for the rest of the famous 6 currently in Changi.
    The devil is in loads of $$$$$$$$$$. Finance managers should know this better than others!
    MC
    22.2.18
    3-2-1-6 HK

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  • N.Jungne:

    Chye Shen tau ting to long tong cheng.
    Chye Shen tau nee de tar meng kou ….
    God of Prosperity comes in a sampan.

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  • MarBowling:

    Chew should have consulted ex PAPigs and NTUC Indian Chief Pay Yew Cock on how to make the Great Escape. Btw Pay was NOT caught after the Great Escape think almost for over 2 LOONG decades! For some reasons best known to himself and the Coverment, he surrendered himself voluntarily, think it was last year.

    Think Chew much be very bitter and Dulan with Pastor Con Hee for getting him involved with the Cross-Under-The-Table Project to promote Some Hole’s musical career that eventually got 6 HoLee men and women(incl Chew himself)from CHC(Con Hee Church)into deep shit$. Worse part for Chew, his Share is only $5k out of the CBT obscene total amount of $50 millions. Really pathetic!

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  • Global fame:

    This organisation has once again brought Singapore global fame…. the whole world is laughing once again at the very wealthy Singapore and her super rich children.. n thinking all Singaporeans are only rich but can’t row sampan properly… dayong sampan until mata come….

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  • HarderTruths:

    Leaving in broad daylight with an office voice mail telling people where you are going and how you can be contacted is not really a smart way to leave town.

    Probably all that dollar bills stuffed in plastic bags slowed him down.

    Next time he should watch ‘Escape from Alcatraz’ or ‘ The Great Excape’ before making an obvious fool of himself.

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  • Perspective:

    SG has tight border security and check-point surveillance which makes any attempt to escape the country illegally near impossible. It makes us wonder how the few managed their amazing escapes.

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  • Limping Mas Selamat did it:

    Perspective:
    SG has tight border security and check-point surveillance which makes any attempt to escape the country illegally near impossible. It makes us wonder how the few managed their amazing escapes.

    Not tight enough!!!

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  • rukidding:

    Chew should “tie one leg” and Limp his way to sembawang beach,… then swim over just like limping Mas selamat did !

    The police didn’t managed to catch him ( mas selamat) swimming across rite ???

    Oh?…sorry…Chew was caught due to a tip off ????

    And I thought the Police was that “Tok Kong” ?

    Alamak,…another “self praise” ???

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  • As good as Naked.:

    Must have used the mobile phones to plan the escape..hahahaha.. eavesdropper all around……. especially those i.cloudporn, as good as naked….family trees all exposed. LOL….. I think.

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  • Snaky-mugam:

    Snake-mugan says the poodles did very well–forgot to mention poodles acted on a tip-off.
    If no tip off, Chew would be in Malaysia by now–similar to Mat Selamat.
    Spin doctor Snake-mugan is really a laughing stock; only 70% were born yesterday.

    Bapak:
    Without tip off wonder they even know. Just like the limping man and the Canadian man.

    Now other country caught him can bargain no canning also can. Ang Mo tua kee izzit??

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  • Mas Selamat:

    Mas Selamat don’t use handphone or easy link card for the escape. Heheheheeh LOL.

    The card if registered should be swooped with others so that at the beginning you are not easily traced. Same for handphones. Don’t drive own car. Create fire situation, Handphone moves south, run to north.

    With the stupid 70 cents, who knows maybe all are required to be implanted with chip soon. They will show you “fake” escapes as reason.

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  • J21:

    I think,The bailor did the right thing.

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  • Sad Situation:

    Sad situation…More trouble for him and family.
    No need to judge him…

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  • PAP Interferance?:

    Why aren’t comments out after so long? Is there any PAP Interference to prevent the Truth from getting out?

    It is true that PAP can easily track handphone and easy link cards, and has been using it for monitoring. If you are being marked, once you tap, they get alerted immediately.

    PAP has been very aggressive to monitor citizens movement, they are planning to install cameras at all bus stops, and it is surely not to prevent Terrorist from bombing bus stops. This is to track you from the moment you enter your HDB lifts, all the way until you reach your destination. Welcome to the Orwellian Nightmare.

    Mas Selamat:
    Mas Selamat don’t use handphone or easy link card for the escape. Heheheheeh LOL.

    The card if registered should be swooped with others so that at the beginning you are not easily traced. Same for handphones. Don’t drive own car. Create fire situation, Handphone moves south, run to north.

    With the stupid 70 cents, who knows maybe all are required to be implanted with chip soon. They will show you “fake” escapes as reason.

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  • Dinners are just dinners:

    Some people think the sentences are not stiff enough. Others think they are all right. And still others think they are excessive.

    Far better if there is a general move towards shorter sentences for white collar crime (crime that does not involve violence), and move towards electronic tagging (wearing of electronic bracelet) where the sentenced individuals report to police station or parole monitoring agency, and serving in community role.

    The idea is there would then be less thoughts to escape the country, less use and wastage of police and court resources.

    Also, there should be more compensation for the victims of crime (and their families) or if the victims cannot be specifically identified or not appropriate to compensate the victim, then to some general fund for compensating victims of other crimes and their families. e.g. there are many cases where criminals – including of non-white collar crimes, do not have the resources to compensate victims.

    So instead of long sentences for white collar crimes and caning on buttocks for non-white collar crimes, more creative and effective sentencing and compensation of victims and their families could be implemented.

    Meanwhile there should be tightening up on the auditing of mega-religious organizations but also small and middle size religious and religion-affiliated organization and those individual fund raisers who ‘volunteer’ to help such organizations raise funds. Schemes and arrangements suggested by their financial officers and accountants should also go through some centralised agency that can handle vetting, and once approved, declared in annual reports which will have to contain notes (e.g. explaining purpose, why the scheme is being done, etc).

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    When Jesus’ name is used in VAIN and for Prosperity Purposes…there is a price to pay when you SHAKE HANDS with the Devil in God’s Name

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  • HIdt:

    They said Sun Ho is related to Mdm Ho.

    Can someone verified this?

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  • Hairy Porter:

    God’s warning to those who preach prosperity gospel?
    Don’t forget that Jesus Christ was born in a manger.
    My take is that God was displeased with the Crossover Project,and had already given signs to Kong and his wife,who had medical problem.

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