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.

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