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IC resale scandal rocks AMD, Seagate, ST

Posted: 30 Sep 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Former employees from 3M, Advanced Micro Devices, Seagate and STMicroelectronics were jailed on Wednesday (Sept. 28) over an alleged chip resale scandal involving Singapores Citiraya Industries, an electronics waste recycling specialist, according to The Business Times on Thursday (Sept. 29).

The former chip and disk-drive employees pleaded guilty in taking bribes from executives of Citiraya, the report said. In return for the bribes, the individuals allegedly resold chips in the open market that were meant for destruction at Citiraya, according to the reports.

In total, 11 people have been charged in the Citiraya scandal, including company CEO Ng Teck Lee and his brother Ng Tech Boon.

Ng Teck Boon faces 193 charges of falsifying accounts and bribery. Ng Tech Lee fled Singapore and his whereabouts are unknown.

Four men were sentenced this week by District Judge Wong Keen Onn at the Subordinate Court. Johnny Seow Teck, a former senior planner of inventory at Advanced Micro Devices Inc., was sentenced to three years and three months in jail and was fined, according to the report.

In return for accepting bribes, Seow ensured that microprocessors from AMD were not all destroyed and then resold in the market, according to reports.

Francis Wong Chin, a former sales executive of STMicroelectronics Inc., was sentenced to 13 months in jail and a fine. He accepted bribes and ensured that STMicros chips were not crushed, the reports said.

Chang Kar Yang, a former surplus asset manager with Seagate Technology, was sentenced to four weeks in jail and issued a fine. He allegedly took bribes and helped secure contracts with Citiraya.

Bobby Teh Ah Bah, a former senior warehouse assistance with 3M Corp., was sentenced to 30 weeks in jail and was handed a fine. He accepted bribes for overlooking the supervision of the precious metal analysis carried out by Citiraya, the report said.

Two other individuals were also charged.


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