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Singapore – 22 arrested in employment fraud

20 February 2014

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Tuesday charged 22 foreign employees from India with providing false salary information in order to obtain work passes, according to channelnewsasia.com.

In a statement, MOM said the employees made false statements to the Controller of Work Passes between November 2010 and September 2013 in connection with the applications for 19 Employment Passes (EPs) and three S Passes (SPs) for four separate employers.

Applicants for passes must meet the minimum salary requirement. SPs, for mid-level skilled workers, must earn a minimum fixed monthly salary of SGD 2,200 (USD 1,745), while EPs, for professionals, must earn a fixed monthly salary of at least SGD 3,300 (USD 2,617). 

MOM said the accused persons knew that their employers would pay them less than the amounts declared and thus made false declarations to the ministry, claiming that their salaries would range from SGD 2,400 (USD 1,903) to SGD 4,550 (USD 3,608).

Investigations showed that the employees received their declared salaries, but subsequently returned amounts ranging from SGD 600 (USD 476) to SGD 3,350 (USD 2,657) to their employer.

Ten of the accused were fined between SGD 5,000 (USD 3,965) and SGD 7,000 (USD 5,551) or in default five weeks' and seven weeks' imprisonment respectively. They did not pay the fines and will be jailed. They will also be permanently banned from working in Singapore.

For the remaining 12 accused, 11 of them sought an adjournment for their cases to be heard in court at a later date, with the trial for the remaining accused fixed for a pre-trial conference next Friday.

MOM said it is currently investigating other similar false declaration cases involving 230 foreigners hired by 75 employers. 

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