All 25 accused pleaded guilty to the charges for the false information given between May and August last year. They were arrested in May this year after the Manpower Ministry (MOM) had verified the forged papers with the institutions which supposedly issued the certificates.
Here is the full press release from MOM:
MOM prosecutes 25 foreigners for submitting forged academic certificates
20 sentenced to four weeks' imprisonment; five fined $5,000
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) charged 25 foreigners on 16 July 2013 for furnishing false information to the Controller of Work Passes by submitting forged academic certificates to obtain work passes. This is the largest number of individuals brought to court so far this year for this offence.
Accused persons fraudulently obtained 24 S Passes and one Employment Pass
Investigations revealed that the 25 accused persons furnished false information to the Controller of Work Passes between May and August 2012 in their applications for work passes (Twenty-one are from Myanmar, three from India and one from the Philippines, comprising 20 males and five females aged between 19 and 48 years old).
Of the 25 accused, 24 obtained forged academic certificates from their home countries and used them to apply for work passes. The other accused person knew that a forged academic certificate was submitted on her behalf by an employment agent and intentionally failed to notify MOM. All the accused did not possess university degree qualifications and the forged academic certificates were knowingly used to mislead MOM into issuing them with the work passes.
Based on the information declared, the 25 accused were issued with work passes to perform work in operations, sales and retail. Among them were also chefs, a hairstylist and a dance choreographer.
MOM's investigations into the 25 cases commenced after the ministry had verified with the institutions issuing the certificates that they were forged. The work pass holders were less than one year into their employment here when they were arrested and investigated in May 2013.