About the case

For two years, from 2010, the Commissioner of Charities (COC) and the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) conducted a concurrent investigation and inquiry into suspected financial irregularities inside the City Harvest church.

On June 26, 2012, five of its leaders, including founder Kong Hee, were arrested over alleged misuse of church funds and alleged breaches under charity laws.

The COC revealed that financial irregularities of at least $23 million from the charity's funds have been discovered which it said were used with the purported intention to finance Ho Yeow Sun's secular music career to connect with people. 42-year-old pop singer Ho Yeow Sun, also known as Sun Ho, is Kong Hee's wife.

The five arrested were charged in court on Wednesday, June 27.

The trial

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Oct 4, 2012 (Thu)

3rd defendant in the City Harvest case allowed to travel overseas

Vice chairman Tan Ye Peng plans to go to Indonesia for a four-day mission trip.

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July 25, 2012 (Wed)

Accused in CHC case hire elite lawyers

Five of the six accused in the high-profile City Harvest Church (CHC) funds misappropriation case have hired Senior Counsels (SC) to represent them in court

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City Harvest Church ex-finance chief charged

Wee, the sixth person to face criminal charges over the alleged siphoning of church funds, faces charges of criminal breach of trust and falsifying accounts.

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City Harvest case continues in court today

Charged with misappropriating church funds, City Harvest church founder Kong Hee today arrived at court at about 8.45am.

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July 2, 2012 (Mon)

New City Harvest advisory senior pastor is target of watchdog group

Now in Singapore to support CHC, Rev Pringle is himself the target of a self-appointed Christian watchdog group, C3 Church Watch.

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14,000 people turn up for City Harvest services

Some 13,500 packed the English services at Singapore Expo's Max Atria Sunday morning and Saturday evening. Church founding pastor Kong Hee, 47, preached at both services.

I maintain my integrity: Kong
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July 1, 2012 (Sun)

I maintain my integrity: Kong

"I do maintain my integrity".

These were the words of City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee when he addressed his congregation on Saturday.

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June 28, 2012 (Thu)

He dared to question City Harvest

In 2003, he had to make a public apology after questioning whether City Harvest Church used church funds for Ho Yeow Sun's music career.

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Kong Hee: From $127k flat to $9.3m Sentosa Cove penthouse

How did the Kongs get from a $127,000 HDB flat to a $9.3 million Sentosa Cove penthouse?

Inside Pastor Kong Hee's many homes
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June 27, 2012 (Wed)

City Harvest Church founder faces the music

Alleged fake donations, tithe transfers and a hidden private fund.

A more than two-year inquiry into City Harvest Church (CHC) has uncovered financial irregularities of at least $23 million, with funds going to support the music career of Ho Yeow Sun, wife of CHC founder Kong Hee.

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Prosecutors reveal more in court

As City Harvest church founder Kong Hee and four other leaders went into court today to face charges of criminal breach of trust and falsifying accounts, prosecutors revealed more the alleged misuse of the church's funds.

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City Harvest church leaders charged in court

City Harvest church founder Kong Hee and four other church leaders were charged in court Wednesday morning for conspiracy to commit criminal breach of trust as an agent.

Kong, who arrived in court at close to 9am today, was seen with wife Sun Ho.

A large crowd of about 200 supporters were seen outside the subordinate court before the hearing began at 9am.

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City Harvest church founder, 4 others charged in court
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June 26, 2012 (Tue)

City Harvest church founder Kong Hee and 4 others arrested

Founder of City Harvest Church Kong Hee was arrested together with four others from his ministry on Tuesday morning.

Mr Kong, deputy Pastor Tan Ye Peng, and three other leaders from their church were picked up from their homes early this morning.

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COC suspends church's governing board members

The COC is concerned about the misconduct and mismanagement in the administration of the Charity.

Under the Charities Act and with the consent of the Attorney-General, the COC has suspended the following persons from the exercise of their office or employment as governing board members, officers, agents or employees of the Charity with immediate effect:

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DPM Teo: Avoid speculation or making pre-judgements

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs, Teo Chee Hean, on the case: "I would like to stress that the charges filed by CAD are against five individuals from the City Harvest Church (CHC) regarding the use of Church funds. They are not filed against CHC itself. The CHC is free to continue its church services and activities."

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Ho Yeow Sun questioned, June 16, 2010
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City Harvest probed, June 1, 2010
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City Harvest's new home at Suntec
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