4 GlobalFoundries ex-employees charged with accepting bribes

FOUR former employees of semiconductor manufacturer GlobalFoundries (GFS), and a company director of a separate manufacturing company, were hauled to court on Tuesday (Jul 18) to face a string of corruption charges.

Three of the four ex-employees - Cheng Tzin Loung, 48; Lui Tze Pin, 50; and Xia Yanbin, 43 - are accused of accepting bribes, while the last former employee, A Nityanandan Nallathamby, 49, is accused of cheating and accepting bribes, said the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) in a statement.

Meanwhile, Ye Naing, the director of manufacturing company Applied Instruments, is accused of giving bribes to Nityanandan and Xia. He faces 6 charges under Section 6(b) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Nityanandan had obtained bribes totalling over S$92,100 from the directors of Star Technologies Services and Applied Instruments Pte Ltd between 2014 and 2019.

He had also allegedly conspired with the direct or Star Technologies Services to falsely issue invoices from the former to GlobalFoundaries. The semiconductor company was thus induced to pay more than S$36,500 to Star Technologies Services.

Xia, a former senior section manager at GlobalFoundaries, is accused of accepting a branded bag worth about S$1,818, as well as bribes amounting to a total of S$24,200 from Ye, the director of Applied Instruments, between 2017 and 2018.

As for Cheng, the former principal engineer allegedly accepted an iPad mini worth about S$878 and a red packet containing S$688. He also received bribes totalling over S$54,800 from the director of Star Technologies Services.

Similarly, Lui accepted or obtained bribes amounting to a total of over S$12,400 between 2012 and 2015. At that time, the former principal engineer accepted a red packet containing S$200 from the Star Technologies Services director.

Those found guilty of a corruption offence can be fined up to S$100,000, jailed for up to 5 years, or receive both sentences.

"Companies are strongly advised to put in place robust procedures in areas such as procurement and internal audit to prevent falling victim to corrupt practices by their employees," said CPIB.

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