Chew Eng Han in fresh dispute with City Harvest Church

Today, Singapore/July 13, 2016

By Amanda Lee

Singapore — Even as the six current and former City Harvest Church (CHC) leaders await the outcome of their appeals against their convictions and jail sentences, one of them — Chew Eng Han — has filed a police report embroiling more members of the church into a dispute.

Chew, who is facing jail after being convicted alongside church founder Kong Hee and four others of criminal breach of trust and falsification of accounts, said he has lodged a police report against eight people linked to the church, alleging “fraudulent misrepresentation” of facts about the church.

He also claimed funds were misused. His accusations were denied by lawyers acting for CHC in a letter to Chew on July 7, with the firm, JLC Advisors LLP, calling them “bare allegations”. “Further, these allegations are misconceived and/or erroneous as a matter of law,” said the letter.

Aside from Kong and his wife Ho Yeow Sun, the eight named by Chew include CHC Kuala Lumpur founder Kevin Loo, former CHC executive pastor Derek Dunn and CHC executive pastor Aries Zulkarnain.

Responding to TODAY’s queries, the police confirmed that a report has been made. “As police investigations are confidential, and the complainant Mr Chew also has an appeal against his conviction and sentence pending adjudication by the Supreme Court, it is inappropriate at this juncture for the police to comment further,” they said.

Chew, Kong, the church’s former second-in command Tan Ye Peng, former church board member John Lam, former church finance manager Serina Wee and Sharon Tan were convicted in November and sentenced to jail terms ranging from 21 months to eight years.

The following month, they filed notices of appeal against their conviction and sentences. Their appeal will be heard in the High Court in September.

The church also launched a civil suit against Chew and his firm AMAC Capital Partners in 2014. The suit, involves about S$21 million in unreturned investments, including S$4.6 million in accrued interest, that Chew and firm allegedly owe the church.

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