A man linked to a case involving 340,000 tonnes of stolen gas oil worth more than $200 million – the largest ever in Singapore – has been jailed for two and a half years. Dang Van Hanh has been jailed after pleading guilty to have received 5,600 metric tonnes of marine gasoil (MGO) stolen from Shell’s Pulau Bukom refinery.
According to sources, Dang Van Hanh was working as the chief officer of a vessel known as the Prime Sun when it docked at Wharf 3 at Shell at Pulau Bukom to load gas oil on September 9, 2016.
In the meantime, as Channel News Asia reported, the defendant pleaded guilty on receiving the stolen marine fuel, on four occasions, between July 2016 and Jan 2018.
The prosecutors commented
These offences have the potential to bring Singapore’s reputation as a bunkering hub into disrepute.
The stolen MGO, which is estimated to have been $2.6 million, was transmitted from the Pulau Bukom facility to the vessel Prime South in January 2018.
Dang Van Hanh is the first amongst the rest of the defendants to plead guilty in the ‘unprecedented case of misappropriation’.
Concluding, Straits Time added that for each count of dishonestly receiving stolen property, offenders can be jailed for up to five years and fined.