S'porean faces charges for phantom worker scam, kickbacks

S'porean faces charges for phantom worker scam, kickbacks

SINGAPORE - A construction company owner was charged today with 85 counts under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (EFMA).

The charges include making false declarations in Work Permit applications, recovering levies and receiving prohibited payments as consideration for employment amounting to $250,000 from 46 foreign workers.

Between Aug 27, 2010 and Aug 24, 2011, Umarul Farouk Bin Mohamed Ibrahim, the sole proprietor of F & I Engineering & Services, allegedly falsely declared the number of local employees he employed in order to inflate the company's foreign worker entitlement.

The 29-year-old also allegedly falsely declared in his Work Permit applications that 46 foreign employees would be employed as construction workers in his company even though he had no intention of hiring them.

In addition to the charges above, Farouk was also charged for recovering levies and receiving prohibited payments as consideration for employment from these foreign employees.

Each of the 46 foreign employees was said to have paid him monthly sums of money ranging from $450 to $520 between Nov 1, 2010 to Nov 30, 2011. $380 of the amount went towards the payment foreign worker levies and the rest was allegedly pocketed by Farouk.

He will appear in court on Feb 14.

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