Thursday, 28 June 2012

Ex-finance chief in spotlight

One name has cropped up in the investigations into alleged wrongdoing by some leaders of City Harvest Church - that of Serina Wee.

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Ex-finance chief in spotlight

By Ng Kai Ling
28 June 2012

One name has cropped up in the investigations into alleged wrongdoing by some leaders of City Harvest Church - that of Serina Wee.

The 36-year-old, who used to be the church’s finance director, has so far not been charged with any crime.

In court documents, however, she is said to have conspired with pastor Kong Hee and four others to siphon money from the church’s building fund.

And in the records of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority, she is listed as the secretary of more than 50 companies - many linked to the church and its leaders.

These include fashion retailers Skin Couture and Ed Hardy and Xtron Productions, the artist management firm for singer Ho Yeow Sun, Kong’s wife.

The five church leaders charged yesterday are said to have transferred $13million from the church to Xtron Productions via supposed bond investments.

Church members contacted told The Straits Times that Ms. Wee has been an active member of the church for more than 10 years and that she used to manage the church’s finances.

She could not be reached at her Upper East Coast home yesterday.

Her neighbours said she lives with her husband, three children and an elderly couple in the three-storey house. One said she had given birth to her third child, a boy, less than two weeks ago.

When contacted, her husband, Mr. Kenny Low, also a church member, said she could not come to the phone as she was nursing the baby.

He declined further comment.

Lawyers said that if investigations find Ms. Wee to be involved in the cases, she will eventually be charged.

They added that one reason she has not been charged could be that she has just given birth.

Lawyer Lee Terk Yang said: ‘I doubt she would get away scot-free if she was involved in the case.’