SINGAPORE (Oct 22): Maybank Kim Eng Securities did not conduct internal investigations into accounts under broker Ong Kah Chye, even after receiving probes from the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), a representative of the brokerage admitted in court on Tuesday.

These accounts under Ong are believed to have been part of a web of trading accounts used by alleged masterminds John Soh Chee Wen and Quah Su-Ling to manipulate shares in Blumont Group, LionGold Corp and Asiasons Capital (now Attilan Group) in the 2013 penny stock crash.

Prosecution witness Kwek Thiam Buck, head of the retail brokerage trade support department at MBKE, said under cross-examination on Tuesday that the brokerage firm only knew of the severity of Ong’s involvement upon hearing from state prosecutors.

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