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First Guilty Plea Expected in Singapore's Billion-Dollar Money Laundering Probe

In a significant development within Singapore's sprawling money laundering investigation, one of the ten accused individuals is poised to enter a guilty plea, marking the initial acknowledgment of wrongdoing among the group. Su Wenqiang, listed as Cambodian in official documents despite holding a Chinese passport, is scheduled for a plea hearing on April 2, following discussions held during a pre-trial conference.

First Guilty Plea Expected in Singapore's Billion-Dollar Money Laundering Probe

The law enforcement agencies have already seized assets valued at over S$2.8 billion (US$2.1 billion), encompassing a wide array of items such as gold, jewelry, luxury cars, and numerous properties. Nonetheless, with several suspects still at large, authorities anticipate the possibility of further asset seizures in the ongoing investigation.

Su Wenqiang, aged 33, faces a total of eleven charges, spanning from money laundering to the possession of proceeds derived from illegal gambling activities, along with providing false information to obtain employment passes for himself and his spouse. Among the charges leveled against him are accusations of utilizing illicit funds to acquire a Mercedes-Benz and laundering substantial amounts through luxury purchases and rental payments for upscale residences.


Details emerging from court proceedings shed light on Su's involvement in a remote lottery enterprise operating out of the Philippines and Cambodia, with arrest warrants issued against him in China. Despite facing legal repercussions, Su relocated his children to Singapore, expressing intentions of establishing permanent residency for them and enrolling them in local educational institutions.

The broader investigation revolves around a remote gambling syndicate headquartered in the Philippines, targeting Chinese clientele. Many of the suspects, predominantly of Chinese descent, were flagged in law enforcement alerts issued by Chinese authorities, yet managed to establish operational footholds in Singapore, including the establishment of purported shell corporations dating as far back as 2019.

While Su's impending guilty plea marks a pivotal development in the case, the remaining nine defendants are currently navigating various stages of pre-trial conferences and case management proceedings, as indicated by court records.



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