Multiple Hours | Shell MGO bunker robbery: ex-process technician received minimum SGD 735,000 in compensation and faces 43 charges
A former Shell Eastern Petroleum employee pleaded guilty before a judge in the state courts of the Republic of Singapore on Tuesday (March 29) to charges related to the diversion of marine gas oil (MGO).
Muhamad Farhan Bin Mohamed Rashid faced a total of 43 counts of alleged criminal breach of trust (27 counts), money laundering (13 counts) and drug-related offenses (3 counts), according to court documents seen by the Singapore bunkering publication. Multiple times.
Farhan was hired around 2010 to facilitate the transfer of petroleum products to Shell’s Pulau Bukom manufacturing site, where his role was either to be a process technician or a control panel operator.
In 2014, he was recruited into the criminal syndicate by co-conspirators Juandi bin Pungot and Muzaffar Ali Khan bin Muhamad Akram to assist in the illegal loading operation of MGO onto receiving vessels.
Farhan’s main role during the diversion incidents was to open and close the bypass valve to facilitate the transfer of the diverted MGO to bypass the custodial transfer meters which would otherwise pick up the movement of the oil.
He was also responsible for starting the manual operation of the pumps from the oil panel inside the motion control room.
Additionally, he was sometimes tasked with turning off the radars that tracked the volume of oil in the tanks to prevent the data from being reflected back into the control panel system.
In total, Farhan assisted the criminal syndicate in embezzling a total of US$44 million (exact: US$44,018,727.06), or approximately SGD60 million (exact: SGD59,668,526.27), worth MGO between 2014 and 2016.
He received criminal benefits of at least SGD 735,000 (exact: SGD 735,331.43) as a result of his participation in the offence; investigations recorded Farhan laundering SGD 269,511.43 from his benefits where:
- A sum of SGD 44,750 was spent to invest in a unit at Funtasy Island Resort, Capraia Residences, located in Batam, Indonesia from September 8 to October 24, 2014.
- A sum of SGD 119,511.43 was used to purchase a Honda Vezel between August 5 and August 19, 2016.
- SGD 20,000 and SGD 40,000 respectively were spent on start-up capital for a halal-Japanese restaurant called Hararu Izakaya Restaurant in February and March 2017.
- A sum of SGD 45,250 was used to pay the 5% booking fee in exchange for an option to purchase a property at Grandeur Park Residences in Singapore on March 15, 2017. However, the purchase of the property did not occur due to drug offences.
Farhan is due to appear in state courts in the Republic of Singapore for mitigation and sentencing on May 26.
Note: Legal proceedings against other parties allegedly involved, including former employees of Shell Pulau Bukom, are ongoing. A list of earlier developments recorded by Manifold Times is as follows:
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Posted: March 31, 2022