Celeb cupcake duo accused of shafting employees face jail time

Miss Universe Singapore 2001 Jaime Teo with ex-husband and former radio DJ Daniel Ong. Photo: Twelves Cupcake/Facebook
Miss Universe Singapore 2001 Jaime Teo with ex-husband and former radio DJ Daniel Ong. Photo: Twelves Cupcake/Facebook

Jaime Teo and Daniel Ong, the celebrity duo and former spouses, were accused today of not paying their employees properly while running their cupcake chain between 2012 and 2016. 

The charges were read to former radio DJ Ong followed by Teo, who won Miss Universe Singapore in 2001. The accusations were leveled against them after the homegrown bakery’s new owners, facing similar charges earlier this month, told their lawyers that they were simply continuing the practices of the previous management, which include paying workers less than they were due on paper. 

Ong was today handed 24 counts under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act for allegedly violating work pass conditions, including underpaying eight foreign workers. 

Teo and Ong founded Twelve Cupcakes in 2011 before selling it to Indian business group Dhunseri in 2016, the same year they divorced. Earlier this month, Dhunseri pleaded guilty to underpaying seven employees by about S$114,000 (US$85,000) from 2016 to 2018 and will be sentenced next month. 

If found guilty, both Ong and Teo could be jailed for up to a year and fined a maximum of S$10,000. 

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