Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:26 AM
Trial begins for ex-principal accused of misappropriating funds
By Kimberly Spykerman | Posted: 29 October 2012 1334 hrs
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Singapore Subordinate Courts (Photo: Anthony Chia, channelnewsasia.com)
SINGAPORE : The former principal of Maris Stella High School who was charged with misappropriating nearly S$150,000 was in court on Monday for the opening of the trial.
65-year-old Anthony Tan Kim Hock, who retired in 2009, allegedly committed the offence in the school on 21 separate occasions between May 2004 and September 2009.
The prosecution is proceeding with one charge - where Tan is alleged to have misappropriated about S$67,700 from the school's chapel building fund account between March and September 2009.
He was still the school's principal then.
The remaining 20 charges have been stood down for now.
The prosecution has lined up nine witnesses. Three of them - an investigation officer from the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD), a cashier from Mustafa shopping centre and an architect - took the stand on Monday.
The court heard that Tan allegedly used the money from the school's chapel building fund to do rebuilding and renovation works for the Champagnat House in Flower Road.
The Champagnat House is the residence of the Marist brothers - the lay-religious congregation Tan belongs to.
Work began on the house in February 2008 and ended in May 2009.
The court also heard that while Tan was not directly supervising the project, bills for some of the works such as stained glass and granite cladding - which involves the adhering of stones to the walls of a building - were sent to him.
According to statements that Tan gave to the CAD in 2011, he said that he had already reimbursed the money taken from the chapel building fund.
Of the 20 remaining charges that have been stood down, 13 of them involve a man known as Peter Lim - whose relation to Tan is not clear.
Tan allegedly used money from the school management committee as well as the director-general of education school fund accounts to pay for items such as seven of Mr Lim's overseas school trips and an open water diving course in Pulau Tioman.
The trial continues on Tuesday.
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