Prosecutors have charged the founder of one of Singapore's largest evangelical churches with fraud for allegedly funneling millions of dollars to his wife's singing career.
City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee was charged Wednesday with three counts of conspiracy to commit criminal breach of trust. Kong faces up to 20 years in prison or a fine for each charge if found guilty. Kong is free on bail of 500,000 Singapore dollars (NZ$494,000).
Prosecutors charged four other church leaders with breach of trust and falsification of accounts.
The Charities Commissioner said Kong helped syphon at least SG$23 million (NZ$22.7 million) of church funds to finance the career of Ho Yeow Sun.
She is known professionally as Sun Ho and has put out several Mandarin and English pop albums.