Mr David Chew
Director, Commercial Affairs Department, Singapore Police Force
Mr David Chew joined the Singapore Legal Service in 1992. He graduated with an LLB (Hons) from the National University of Singapore in 1991 and worked as a litigation lawyer prior to joining the State Courts in 1992 as a Magistrate and thereafter as a District Judge. He served as a DPP in the Attorney-General’s Chambers in 1999 where he prosecuted several notable financial crime cases involving
• The Managing Director of EC-Asia Ltd (listed on the Australian bourse) for cheating local banks of US$290 million in a trade financing fraud;
• Eight Romanian members of an international syndicate who used cloned credit cards to make fraudulent cash withdrawals from ATM machines in Singapore;
• An American for laundering the proceeds of a transnational phone scam through Singapore via remittance companies.
In 2013, he assumed the post of Deputy Chief Prosecutor, Financial and Technology Crime Division, AGC.
On 27 April 2015, he was seconded to the Singapore Police Force as the Director of the Commercial Affairs Department. On his watch, CAD investigated a number of high profile cases, for example the 1MDB money laundering investigation that resulted in the closure of 2 banks, seizure of more than $200m and the conviction of 5 suspects for money laundering and other offences and the $40m SSG government grant fraud and participated in the FATF mutual evaluation (2015-2016).
As Director, he oversaw CAD’s review of its organizational structure to make it a more effective financial crime fighting unit. He also oversaw a number of important collaborations with key stakeholders, like the CAD-MAS joint panel investigation of Capital markets offences that did away with the civil-criminal investigation dichotomy, and the joint forum to combat government grant fraud with IRAS, Skills Future and SPRING. He co-chairs the private-public partnership with key players in industry to combat money laundering (“ACIP”, the AML/CFT Industry Partnership).
In 2017, he oversaw the formation of the Transnational Commercial Crime Task Force that implemented a centralized strategy to investigating cross -border scams. He also worked on closer collaboration with domestic stakeholders (eg MAS, ABS, GIA, ISCA, NCPC, WMI) and foreign law enforcement agencies to fight crime or prevent it. Under his guidance, CAD has regular collaborations with authorities in China and Malaysia to share information and take joint action against cross border syndicates perpetrating scams on Singapore residents.