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Ex-research fellow admits submitting fake expense claims to cheat NUS of S$39,000

Thomas Teh Kok Hiong (pictured) cheated S$39,452 from the National University of Singapore by submitting 22 fake expense reports between October 2010 and September 2018.
Thomas Teh Kok Hiong (pictured) cheated S$39,452 from the National University of Singapore by submitting 22 fake expense reports between October 2010 and September 2018.
SINGAPORE — A 42-year-old former research fellow from the National University of Singapore (NUS) pleaded guilty on Tuesday (June 14) to submitting fake or inflated claims to the school amounting to about S$39,500.
Thomas Teh Kok Hiong, who worked at the university’s department of biomedical engineering, also submitted claims for expenses incurred by his family members. He altered receipts and invoices to make his expense reports seem more legitimate.
The Singaporean admitted to seven charges of cheating and forgery. District Judge Christopher Goh will take into consideration several other similar charges when sentencing him on July 25.
The court heard on Tuesday that Teh took advantage of an electronic system that employees used to submit their claims.
He cheated S$39,452 from the university by submitting 22 fake expense reports between October 2010 and September 2018.
For each cheating or forgery offence, Teh could be jailed for up to 10 years and fined.
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