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Indian priest mortgaged temple ornaments in Singapore and was sentenced to 6 years



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Singapore. The 39-year-old Indian chief priest of Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple was sentenced to six years in prison on Tuesday for pawning the temple’s jewels worth over 2 million Singapore dollars (1.5 million of dollars). I got this information from a media news.

Kandasamy Senapathy had been employed by the Hindu Charitable Board as a priest at Sri Mariamman Temple in Chinatown district since December 2013. He resigned on March 30, 2020.

Senapati pleaded guilty to two charges of criminal breach of trust by embezzlement and two charges of sending criminal proceeds out of the country, Channel News Asia reported. Six other charges were considered at sentencing.

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The Indian civilian commander’s crime came to light in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic. Senapati started pledging jewelry in 2016. Later, by mortgaging other temple ornaments, they were released using the money received from it.

It was said in the news that in 2016 alone, Senapati mortgaged 66 golden temple ornaments 172 times. He did similar acts several times between 2016 and 2020.

Between 2016 and 2020, Senapati received SGD2,328,760 from the pawning of the jewelry, part of which he deposited in his bank account and sent around SGD141,000 to India.

During the June 2020 audit, Senapati told the temple’s finance team that he did not have the keys to the treasury and that he may have forgotten the keys at home during his trip to India . However, after the members insisted on auditing, Senapati confessed his crime and admitted that he had pawned the jewels.

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