Three more suspects in multi-million Shell fuel heist charged

SINGAPORE– Three more guys were charged in court on Saturday (Jan 13) in connection with a multi-million fuel heist from Shell’s Pulau Bukom plant.

2 Singaporeans – Alan Tan Cheng Chuan, 45, and Ng Hock Teck, 54 – were charged with one count of abetting the commission of an offense of criminal breach of trust as servant each.

The 3rd– Doan Xuan Than, a 45-year-old Vietnamese national– was accuseded of one count of dishonestly getting stolen property.

TODAY comprehends none are Shell staff members and that they were arrested separately from a gang of 17 males captured in an authorities sting operation on Sunday.

Tan and Ng allegedly conspired to dishonestly get stolen home of about 300 metric tons of gas oil worth S$ 160,000.

Court documents reveal that the loot was presumably moved from Pulau Bukom to a vessel called Sentek 26 in the early hours of Nov 11 in 2015.

On the other hand, Doan allegedly got about 1348.8 metric tonnes of gas oil worth more than S$ 736,000 at a Pulau Bukom wharf at about 8 pm on Dec 31 last year.

If founded guilty, they each face a jail regard to up to five years and a possible fine. The trio will be remanded until their cases are scheduled to be heard again on Jan 18.

The arrests came after Shell Singapore lodged a report last August about misappropriation of fuel. In Sunday’s sting operation, cops took around S$ 3.05 million in cash, as well as a tanker weighing roughly 12,000 tonnes.

Eleven of those males were charged on Tuesday with misusing, and receiving fuel from Shell’s plant in Pulau Bukom. The 11 were supposedly involved in 3 various conspiracies, amounting to more than S$ 2.4 million worth of fuel.

These include nine Singaporeans– eight of whom are present and previous Shell employees who are declared to have dedicated criminal breach of trust at its manufacturing website.

They are Muzaffar Ali Khan Muhamad Akram, 36; Juandi Pungot, 41; Cai Zhi Zhong, 35; Tiah Kok Hwee, 41; Koh Choon Wei, 35; Muhammad Ali Muhammad Nor, 51; Mohd Ibrahim K. Abdul Majid, 52; Abdul Latif Ibrahim, 59; and Richard Goh Chee Keong, 48.

On Nov 21 last year, five of them– Muzzafar Ali, Juandi, Cai, Tiah and Koh– supposedly abetted and conspired to misuse 2,322 metric tonnes of gas oil worth S$ 1.3 million at Pulau Bukom.

The five guys, who were Shell employees at the time of their offences, were presumably at it once again on Sunday. This time, they conspired with Muhammad Ali and stole some 1,260 tonnes of Shell fuel, valued at around S$ 688,000. Muhammad Ali is not a Shell staff member and it is unclear who he was working for.

The loot was then thought to be moved onto a Panama-registered vessel, Prime South, which two Vietnamese who were likewise charged on Tuesday were on. They are Nguyen Duc Quang, 46, and Dang Van Hanh, 37.

When it comes to Goh, Ibrahim and Latif– who were Shell workers– they presumably conspired on Jan 5 to abuse more than 800 tonnes of fuel, worth around S$ 437,800, from the business.

Saturday’s advancement brings the variety of individuals who have actually been charged so far to 14.