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Multi-million dollar Shell fuel heist began as early as July 2017

January 19, 2018 12:51 AM
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Suspects, part of a group of 17 detained over their part in an alleged oil theft at Shell's Pulau Bukom refinery, arrive in a van at the State Courts, Singapore January 9, 2018 in this picture by Nuria Ling/TODAY. — Reuters picSINGAPORE, Jan 19 — The suspects behind the multi-million dollar Shell fuel heist began misappropriating oil from the energy giant’s Pulau Bukom plant as early as July last year, it emerged yesterday as fresh charges were levelled against three men.

Two of them — Singaporeans Alan Tan Cheng Chuan, 45 and Ng Hock Teck, 54 — were slapped with an additional charge each in connection with dishonestly receiving about 764.81 metric tons of marine gas oil valued at more than S$250,000 (RM746,121) on the night of July 24, 2017.

The duo, who allegedly collected the fuel from a wharf located at Shell’s Pulau Bukom refinery, had earlier on Saturday been charged with dishonestly receiving 300 metric tons of gas oil worth S$160,000 on Nov 11 last year.

In all, they faced two charges each of abetting the commission of an offence of criminal breach of trust as servant.

The third suspect who received an additional charge on Thursday was Vietnamese national Doan Xuan Than, 45, who had been previously charged with dishonestly receiving about 1,350 metric tons of gas oil worth S$736,000 on Dec 31 last year.

According to the fresh charge against Doan, he also retrieved about 1,133 metric tons of gas oil worth US$640,000 (RM2,522,880) from a Pulau Bukom wharf on Dec 1.

So far, 14 out of 20 people arrested by police in connection with the fuel heist have been charged over the theft of gas oil valued at almost S$6.5 million.

Eight of the suspects are employees of Shell, which lodged a police report in August last year on the suspected fuel theft.

In a sting operation on Jan 7, police nabbed 17 people, and seized more than S$3 million in cash and a 12,000-ton tanker.

Nguyen Duc Quang, 46, and Dang Van Hanh, 37 (on the vessel Prime South),

October 2, 2017: Nguyen allegedly received 1,131 metric tons of gas oil valued at US$579,445 (S$766,316)

December 31, 2017: Muzaffar Ali, Juandi, Cai, Tiah, and Koh allegedly moved 1,076.9 metric tons of gas oil worth S$592,295; Doan allegedly received 1,348.8 metric tons of gas oil worth S$736,444.80.


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