Former S’porean lawyer caught after 15 years on the run for allegedly misappropriating S$88,000 to fund gambling habit

A former Singaporean lawyer who was on the run for 15 years has been arrested, according to a press release by the police.

The 55-year-old was charged in court on Sep. 24 with one count of criminal breach of trust.

The police added that David Khong, 55, had allegedly misappropriated S$88,000 belonging to his client, which had been entrusted to him in the way of his business as an attorney.

He was the sole proprietor of the law firm, David Khong & Associates.


Left Singapore in 2007

According to the police, Khong left Singapore in August 2007.

Shortly afterwards, allegations that he had misappropriated client monies surfaced.

A warrant of arrest and an Interpol red notice were subsequently issued against him in connection with the investigations.

According to Interpol, red notices are issued for fugitives wanted either for prosecution or to serve a sentence.

According to The Straits Times, the S$88,000 in question was a 4 per cent deposit paid by a seller for Khong’s client’s apartment at Kim Seng Walk, which was valued at S$2.2 million.

When Khong received the cheque for the money, he placed it in the bank account of David Khong & Associates.

The next month, he closed his firm and joined another law firm, Sim & Wong, as a director.

However, he did not transfer the S$88,000 to the new law firm, or the client.