6 jailed for taking part in marriage of convenience arrangements

6 jailed for taking part in marriage of convenience arrangements

SINGAPORE - A Chinese woman and her married Singaporean lover have been jailed after immigration officers uncovered a complex web of arrangements made in order for the woman to remain in Singapore.

Fong Chee Keong, 41, arranged for a marriage of convenience between his lover Tang Qiu Xia, 36, and Raymond Roy, 42, so Tang could live in Singapore.

Tang, who is also married to someone else, did not live with Raymond Roy even after they got married in June last year.

Irregularities were found when Tang applied for a visit pass under the sponsorship of Raymond in July, 2012. Two days later, Fong also submitted an application for a long term visit pass (LTVP) for Tang. In Fong’s application, he stated Tang’s residential address as Raymond's address, and falsely stated that she was pregnant.

Raymond and Tang were both told to meet with Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers as a follow up but they failed to show up.

Tang was arrested for overstaying on August 2, 2012.

She was charged and convicted on August 10, 2012, for making a false statement in her visa application and disembarkation/embarkation card, as well as for overstaying.

Raymond was charged and convicted for making false statements in his application for Tang’s visit pass.

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