INVESTIGATIONS into the conspiracy to cheat the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) of $12 million widened on Tuesday, with five more people brought to court on cheating charges.

This brings the number of people charged so far to eight.

One of the five accused yesterday was Tan Peng Chong, 46, the owner of Advent Enterprise, who is alleged to have cheated the SLA six times of a total sum amounting to $153,000, by failing to deliver computer services billed by his firm in 2008.

Three other men are accused of doing the same for TPL Communication, although their involvement in the firm was not indicated:
Tan Meng Teck, 42, was charged on 11 counts of cheating the SLA of $388,000; Png Teck Soon, 48, faces five cheating charges amounting to $266,000, and Seah Hwee Thong, 47, is believed to have been involved in cheating the SLA of $388,000 in 12 instances.

The fifth man charged on Tuesday, Anthony Xavier Foo Doon Tong, faces 45 charges involving $297,000. The 42-year-old is a director of Ribbons and Rolls Marketing Services, which provides information technology supplies and networking solutions.

5 more charged with cheating