More offenders caught
Even so, foreigners caught using fake degrees in Singapore are on the rise.
In 2008, a China national working in Singapore as an engineer was fined $13,000 for using a fake degree, The traits Times reported.
The year before, an Indian national was fined $6,000 and jailed two weeks for using a passport bearing his cousin's name, and for buying a fake botany degree.
More than 400 foreigners were caught in 2007 for lying to the Manpower Ministry (MOM) in their work pass applications, a four-fold increase from the 97 cases in 2005.
MOM did not give a breakdown, but it was reported that most are believed to have used fake or forged qualifications to apply for employment passes and S-passes.
This article was first published in The New Paper.