>Prominent Singapore businessmen today contacted Shin Min Daily to refute ex-TV actor Lin Yisheng's statement that the funds he allegedly pocketed were "not meant for charity".
CEO of Scorpio East Holdings, John Ho said that he had given $10,000 to Lin Yisheng because the ex-actor said that proceeds would be donated to Metta Welfare Association.
He only realised things were amiss when he did not receive any receipt for his donation, and later realised that Lin Yisheng could not be contacted.
Peter, the businessman who reported Lin to the police, also called the Chinese daily to clarify.
He indicated that Lin had passed him the accounts and receipts from organising the charity soccer match. The "management fee" reflected in the accounts which should accrue to Lin's company was only $25,000 and not $126,000.
He also said that 14 people were affected, 13 of whom were his friends.
Peter also said that he gave Lin many chances to voluntarily return the funds before deciding to make a police report.
Lin had also pleaded with him not to report him to the police as he had four children to support.
Nightclub owner Mr Chen, who also donated funds to Lin told Shin Min that Lin had admitted to using the money meant for charity to solve his company's cash flow problems.
Lin Yisheng went into a venture with two partners to start a club on the site of the former Europa Country Club Resort and Chequers Hotel, but the Celebrities Resort Club never opened.
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