Doctor Ho Thong Chew jailed seven and half months for selling cough syrup wholesale
Posted by temasektimes on July 20, 2012
Disgraced General Practitioner Ho Thong Chew from Focus Medical Group has been sentenced to seven and half months’ jail and fined S$60,000 for selling codeine-laced cough syrup wholesale to three patients, far less than the S$266,800 he made.
The 41 year old father of two was sentenced on Friday, about a month after he pleaded guilty in June to the 35 charges. His clinic has been shut down by the Health Ministry.
According to court documents, Ho sold more than 800 canisters of the cough syrup to three of his patients which was in turn sold to codeine abusers.
Ho’s offences came to light after the Health Sciences Authority was alerted about the large volume of codeine-based cough syrup bought by the clinic in Ang Mo Kio between January and May 2011.
District Judge Christopher Goh said Ho was consumed by greed and was not as naive and innocent as he put himself to be during mitigation.