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HIV data leak: US jury finds Mikhy Farrera-Brochez guilty of intending to extort Singapore govt, Singapore News

LEXINGTON, Kentucky – American fraudster Mikhy Farrera-Brochez was found guilty of all three charges against him relating to stolen identification documents from Singapore by a jury in Kentucky on Tuesday (June 4). The verdict, reached at the end of a 1 ½ day trial, means he is likely to get a jail term of between 18 and 24 months, his lawyer Adele Burt Brown told reporters. The 34-year-old was convicted of intending to extort the Singapore government in two e-mails he sent on Jan 22 and Feb 18 this year,…

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Ler Teck Siang, doctor in HIV-data leak case, allegedly helped abusers inject illegal drugs, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The Singaporean doctor involved in the HIV Registry data leak scandal allegedly used his medical skills to inject drug abusers, the court heard on Thursday (May 30). Ler Teck Siang, who is 38 this year, is accused of providing “slamming” services, street slang for administering illegal substances by injection. Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Nicholas Wuan said Ler was so proficient at it that the word spread and reached the ears of a Sim Eng Chee who engaged his services. “This is a case of a medical practitioner who…

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SIA A-380 lands in Delhi with ‘hydraulic leak’ in nose landing gear area, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight was forced to make an emergency landing in New Delhi on Wednesday (May 8) after pilots reported a technical glitch that affected the nose wheel of the Airbus 380. Confirming the incident, an airline spokesman told The Straits Times that Flight SQ406 experienced a hydraulic system issue prior to arrival at Delhi on the evening of May 8. The aircraft landed at about 8.20pm, half an hour later than scheduled. “Upon inspection, there were indications of a hydraulic leak in the nose landing…

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Faulty sprinkler causes water leak in Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore News

An issue with a sprinkler at Jewel Changi Airport resulted in a water leak on Saturday afternoon, the third day of its public preview. Videos of the incident were shared widely online over the weekend, including one titled Waterfall At Jewel Airport showing visitors looking on curiously as water gushed from the ceiling. In response to queries, a spokesman for Jewel Changi Airport said the water leak occurred at the Terminal 1 arrival hall. It was attributed to a problem with a sprinkler. The spokesman said an unoccupied tenant unit…

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White smoke from train at Buona Vista Station due to air-con refrigerant leak: SMRT, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – White smoke that was seen wafting out from a train at Buona Vista Station on Wednesday morning (March 20) was due to an air-conditioner refrigerant leak, said SMRT. In a Facebook post late Wednesday night, the public transport operator said that the MRT train was travelling along the East-West Line in the direction of Pasir Ris. When the incident happened at around 7.45am, all commuters on the train were asked to alight and board the next train, as a safety precaution. “The train was immediately withdrawn for further…

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HIV data leak: Ler Teck Siang’s medical registration suspended for nine months, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Ler Teck Siang, the doctor at the centre of the HIV Registry data leak, has had his medical registration suspended for nine months and could face further disciplinary action, the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) said in a statement on Tuesday (March 12). The suspension, which came into effect last Thursday (March 7), was ordered by an Interim Orders Committee (IOC) which will issue the grounds of its decision “in due course”, SMC said in a statement. The announcement comes after Ler’s appeal against his conviction and 24-month sentence…

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Ler Teck Siang, the doctor in HIV Registry leak incident, in court for appeal hearing, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The doctor whose partner is at the centre of the HIV Registry leak appeared in the High Court on Monday (March 11) for an appeal hearing. Ler Teck Siang, 37, is appealing against his conviction and two-year jail sentence for abetment of cheating and for giving a false statement to a public servant. Ler had given a sample of his blood in place of that of his HIV-positive boyfriend, Mikhy Farrera-Brochez, so that the American could pass medical tests to work in Singapore. Farrera-Brochez, 33, recently leaked the…

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US court grants MOH temporary restraining order against Brochez, American at centre of HIV data leak, Singapore News

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has been granted a temporary restraining order by a US court against the American who stole and leaked information from Singapore’s HIV database, The Straits Times has learnt. The order, given last Tuesday, temporarily prohibits Mikhy Brochez from disclosing any information from the ministry. It came ahead of last Friday’s arrest of the 34-year-old, who has been charged in a Kentucky court in the United States with the possession and unlawful transfer of stolen identification documents. US court documents obtained by The Straits Times shed…

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HIV data leak: Brochez illegally disclosed list of 13 HIV-positive individuals’ details, says prisons, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The American at the centre of a recent HIV data leak illegally disclosed details of 13 HIV-positive people scheduled for a health check-up at Changi Prison Complex in 2018. The Singapore Prison Service (SPS) said in a statement on Sunday (Feb 17) that Mikhy Farrera Brochez sent an e-mail on Saturday to some government authorities and media organisations. The e-mail contained photographs of a piece of paper with a list of NRIC or FIN numbers of 13 HIV-positive individuals, including himself. They had been scheduled for a medical…

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Singaporeans hit by dating app leak, data of 6 million users for sale on dark web, Singapore News

Millions of people looking for love received a rude Valentine’s Day gift yesterday in the form of an e-mail from Coffee Meets Bagel (CMB). The users of the popular dating platform were informed that their account data may have been stolen by an “unauthorised party”. The data, which includes names and e-mail addresses of more than six million CMB users, has been put on sale on the dark web for 0.13 Bitcoin, or about $600. CMB, a mobile dating app company based in San Francisco in the US state of…

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