'Honeymoon' behind bars

'Honeymoon' behind bars

SINGAPORE - HE was a married Singaporean attracted to a Chinese national he met in May last year.

In a bid to keep her in Singapore, Fong Chee Keong, 41, got a fixer to arrange a marriage of convenience between his Chinese lover, Tang Qiu Xia, 36, and another Singaporean, Raymond Roy, 42, the following month.

The newlyweds lived apart from each other, with Raymond in Canberra Road and Tang in Geylang with friends.

Their matrimony caught the attention of Immigration and Checkpoints Authority officers when irregularities were found in Tang's application for a visit pass.

It turned out that another Singaporean, Gordon Koh, had helped Tang extend her stay in Singapore by helping her make false statements in her disembarkation/embarkation card in April last year.

Singaporean Steven Fong, who had been a witness in Tang and Raymond's marriage, was also involved in another marriage of convenience with a Chinese national, Zheng Cijun, registered in July 2012, officers found.

Tang was jailed four weeks in August last year for obtaining a visit pass by making a false statement in her application and for overstaying.

Raymond was jailed four weeks for obtaining a visit pass for Tang by making a false statement in his application for Tang's visit pass.

Fong Chee Keong was jailed four weeks in July for abetting and for making a false statement to get a visit pass for Tang.

Koh was jailed for three weeks, Fong two weeks and Zheng four weeks.

For their involvement in sham marriages, 139 people were convicted in court in just the first half of this year - up from the 89 people dealt with over the whole of last year.

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