Friday, May 22, 2015Friday, May 22, 2015

Operations manager of Pet Movers jailed for forging permits

Published on Feb 4, 2014 5:53 PM
Operations manager of Pet Movers Tan Moh Tien, 26, was jailed for six months on Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014, for misappropriating an Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) rubber stamp and committing forgery. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

The operations manager of Pet Movers was collecting documents from the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) office at the Changi Airfreight Centre when he found an AVA rubber stamp inadvertently inserted into the envelope that was handed to him.

Tan Moh Tien, 26, decided to misappropriate the rubber stamp. He later used it to make it appear that the AVA had endorsed a total of nine permits from Australia, Taiwan and Japan to allow the transport of dogs to those countries. He also forged the signature of AVA's chief veterinarian for these permits.

He was jailed for six months on Tuesday for the offences.

When he pleaded guilty last November to misappropriating the rubber stamp and forging the permits, a district court heard that the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry alerted AVA in March about the permits. A dog brought in by its owner had tested positive for the Ehrlichia canis ticks in Singapore but the Australian permit indicated that the dog, named Rex, was not afflicted with the condition.

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!