SINGAPORE: All six City Harvest Church (CHC) leaders were sentenced to between 21 months and eight years jail on Friday, reports Channel News Asia.
The local television channel reported senior pastor Kong Hee, 51, was sentenced to eight years in prison.
Former church management board secretary John Lam, 47, was sentenced to three years in prison; former finance manager Sharon Tan, 40, (21 months); board member Chew Eng Han, 55, (six years), senior pastor Tan Ye Peng, 43, (five years and six months) and former finance manager Serina Wee, 38, (five years).
Bail for all six was extended, and the start of their sentence deferred to Jan 11, next year.
Judge See Kee Oon, in sentencing the leaders, said Kong was the most culpable, followed by Tan, Chew, Wee and Lam.
After a trial that took almost three years, the six were found guilty on Oct 21, on all counts of criminal breach of trust and falsification of accounts.
They were in court on Friday for oral submissions.
The leaders set up sham bond investments to fund the Crossover Project, the church’s attempt to reach out to non-Christians by propelling Kong’s wife, Ho Yeow Sun, to pop stardom. Sun Ho, as she is commonly known, was not in court on Friday.
In court, the defence argued the co-accused were merely following orders and acting in the interest of the church and thus, their sentences should be calibrated.