On 23 February 2021, three former employees of Shell Eastern Petroleum, who were earlier charged by the Singapore Police Force for their alleged involvement in misappropriating fuel from Shell Bukom, will be further charged in court for corruption offences.
Between 2014 to 2017, they allegedly gave or conspired to give corrupt gratifications totaling about US$116,900 to employees of various surveying companies which were engaged by Shell to inspect vessels which Shell supplied fuel to.
The money was rewards for refraining from accurately reporting the amount of gasoil loaded onto vessels which they were engaged to inspect.
Singapore adopts a strict zero-tolerance approach towards corruption. Any person who is convicted of a corruption offence can be fined up to $100,000 or sentenced to imprisonment of up to five years or to both.
The authority strongly advised companies to put in place robust procedures in areas such as procurement and internal audit to prevent falling victim to corrupt acts by their employees.