Lim Huey Ching, the daughter of the founder of collapsed oil trader Hin Leong Trading, Lim Oon Kuin, has been charged with obstruction of justice in connection with the investigation into the collapse of the family's shipping and trading group.

Recently it was revealed that Lim Oon Kuin, popularly known as O K Lim, is facing an additional 105 charges, 33 of which relate to letter of credit (L/C) usage, in connection with allegedly fraudulent schemes at his now-defunct trading house (DC World News, 2 July 2021).

L/C abuse

OK Lim, faces a total of 130 charges of forgery, cheating and conspiracy to forge a security in connection with an alleged scheme to defraud lenders.

He allegedly instructed Hin Leong staff to forge sales orders in order to fraudulently apply for L/Cs and accounts receivable financing.

Dispose of data order

The new obstruction charge against Lim Huey Ching, an executive director of the insolvent conglomerate for more than 20 years, alleges she instructed the group's IT manager to "permanently dispose" of backup data on the company's computer servers.

Prosecutors allege she instructed Lim Huey Ching (who is not a member of O K Lim's family) to ensure that "deleted items on Hin Leong's servers must not be recoverable, and that previous backups of information on Hin Leong's servers must be disposed of permanently".

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