Lim Tean has made quite the name for himself. Besides being an opposition politician and a lawyer that went up against PM Lee, he has also raked in a bunch of offences.
All of which he is about to be charged for.
So what did he do?
On Thursday (12 May), Lim will be charged in court with criminal breach of trust, unlawful stalking and being an unauthorised person who acted as an advocate or solicitor, according to the Singapore Police Force (SPF).
Criminal Breach of Trust
The criminal breach of trust charge relates to an incident back in November 2019 when Lim was entrusted with a sum of $30,000 which was awarded to a former client as a settlement in a motor injury civil suit, the SPF said.
Lim allegedly misappropriated the money.
Meanwhile, the unlawful stalking charge is related to the alleged harassment of a former employee in 2020 while she was working at Lim’s law firm.
According to Lim, he had wanted to engage her as a paralegal, but he claimed that she could not “make it”, and she resigned after one month.
He also claimed that he had never stalked anyone in his life.
Arrested in 2020
In 2020, Lim, a lawyer with Carson Law Chambers, was arrested in relation to an alleged criminal breach of trust offence and was also under investigation for the unlawful stalking incident mentioned earlier.
He was arrested after failing to comply with a police notice to attend a compulsory interview to assist with investigations into his alleged offences.
In response to the alleged offences at the time, Lim filmed and posted a 28-minute video, elaborating on the charges, basically justifying that he was innocent.
He also claimed it was all a political move as he was set to represent Leong Sze Hian in a defamation trial against PM Lee at the time.
Practised Law Without Certification
Lim is also alleged to have acted as an advocate or solicitor without a valid practising certificate on 66 occasions between 1 April and 9 June last year. Investigations are currently ongoing.
If you think that is a hefty number of crimes, the punishment is incomparable.
The offence of criminal breach of trust is punishable with imprisonment for life, or imprisonment for up to 20 years and a fine.
Those convicted of unlawful stalking face up to 12 months in prison, a fine of up to S$5,000, or both.
For acting as an advocate or solicitor as an unauthorised person, offenders face up to six months in prison, a fine of up to S$25,000, or both.
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