Singaporean lawyer and politician Lim Tean has been charged with criminal breach of trust as an attorney for allegedly pocketing an insurance payout meant for a client. Lim was also accused of refusing to answer a police officer.
According to a report by Channel News Asia, Lim, 57, was accused of misappropriating SG$5,500, which was paid out by AXA Insurance on April 3, 2020, which constituted criminal breach of trust. The money was intended for a woman he represented.
Lim also received a second charge of refusing to answer a public servant authorised to question. He allegedly refused to answer questions on June 10 at the Commercial Affairs Department about a case from October 2017, which involved him being paid US$50,000 by a certain person, the report said.
Lim, who founded the Peoples Voice political party in 2018, now faces a total of seven charges, including a previous criminal breach of trust for allegedly misappropriating SG$30,000 awarded to a former client as a civil suit settlement. Other charges include accusations of stalking a former employee and practising law without a valid certificate. Lim previously said that the charges against him were “politically motivated”.