ICA officer abused position to get personal information of women that he fancied

ICA officer abused position to get personal information of women that he fancied

TheRedDotNews·2017-12-26 17:14

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How safe are your details?

Not very, if there is someone on the inside willing to abuse the system.

An Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) inspector, Yeo Kian Boon, 31, abused his position and performed multiple unauthorised checks on women to get their personal information, just because he took a fancy to them.

He had pleaded guilty today (26 Dec) to six counts of doing such unauthorised checks and one count of abetting a colleague to do so on his behalf. There were 16 other similar charges taken into consideration.

Yeo used to be an ICA team leader at Changi Airport Terminal 1. He had access to systems such as includei-Borders@Central, i-Borders@DO, and the Web-based Central Server Inquiry System (Wise). The systems can be used to access personal and confidential information like a person's travel history and passport details.

His job was to supervise other ICA officers and to deal with cases brought up to him. However, he had used his position to gather personal information of women he was interested in to stalk them.

He had added one of his victims, a Thai woman, on Line (a mobile communication application), and started calling her. He had also gotten one of his colleagues, Mr Lau Jia Yi, to get her details. His colleague had later sent him the details via Whatsapp.

The woman that Yeo was stalking did not pick up the calls at first. However, a few days later, she made a video call to see who was the person trying to contact her. To her surprise, she found that it was the ICA officer who had screened and cleared her to enter Singapore.

The victim then told her boyfriend, who made a complaint to ICA. Yeo was then arrested.

In his mitigation, Yeo claimed to be "naive" and "innocent". He had also claimed that he just wanted to build his confidence and make friends.

Yeo was not prosecuted. He was given a stern warning in lieu and fined $29,000 for his offences.

For each charge, he could have been jailed for a maximum of two years and a fine of maximum $5,000.

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