Singapore jails couple for ZTE-linked money laundering
11 Sep 2016

SINGAPORE — The State Court has sentenced a married couple to prison in a $3.6 million international money laundering case linked to Chinese telecom giant ZTE and the former prime minister of Papua New Guinea.

Singaporean national Lim Ai Wah was given a five-year prison sentence Thursday, according to a news release from the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau. Her American husband, Thomas Doehrman, got five years and 10 months.

The two had been convicted of conspiring with former ZTE regional representative Li Weiming, a Chinese national, in 2010 in the illegal payment of $3.6 million for a fictitious contract from ZTE to shell company Questzone Offshore, set up in the British Virgin Islands. Lim is a director at Questzone. Li remains at large.

The misappropriated money was a part of a $35 million contract involving a Papua New Guinea public trust fund to build a community college in the country. ZTE was contracted to supply telecommunications equipment from the trust.

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