Singapore bunkering executive placed on FBI’s most wanted list

Singapore bunkering executive placed on FBI’s most wanted list

A Singapore businessman, involved in the local bunkering scene, has been charged by US authorities with laundering money for North Korea.

Tan Wee Beng, 41, stands accused of violating sanctions for the past seven years. Two of the companies he used to run have now been hit with sanctions, commodities firm Wee Tiong and bunkering firm WT Marine.

Tan “conducted illicit transactions totaling millions of dollars in support of North Korean entities in blatant violation of a host of economic sanctions the United States has established against North Korea and North Korean entities,” said FBI assistant director William Sweeney in a statement.

As well as laundering money for the Kim Jong Un regime, Tan’s ships were allegedly engaged in sanctions-violating activities involving North Korea.

The FBI has placed Tan on its “most wanted” list, saying his whereabouts are currently unknown.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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