Several brokers — supposedly once part of John Soh Chee Wen’s inner circle — became “paranoid” of being seen in the latter’s company following the 2013 penny stock crash.

“Many of these people were — to put it crudely — paranoid of being seen communicating with me because they knew I was in the spotlight,” said Soh, the alleged mastermind of the share manipulation scheme during his cross-examination at the High Court by Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Teo Guan Siew on June 15.

These concerned brokers include Gabriel Gan Tze Wee and Henry Tjoa Sang Hi, who had gone to the extent of getting Soh a disposable phone to connect with him.

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