25 foreigners jailed for submitting bogus education certificates

TWENTY-five foreigners have been jailed between four and 12 weeks for submitting bogus educational certificates when applying for jobs here.

The Manpower Ministry (MOM) said on Friday that they were charged yesterday. All pleaded guilty.

They had applied for S Passes and Employment Passes, between November 2012 and June 2013, with fake academic certificates produced in their home country.

MOM found, through checks with certificate issuing institutions and foreign government departments in November and December last year, that the certificates were fake.

This is the largest number of foreigners to be charged with using fake certificates when applying for jobs here. The 25 workers were also meted with the heaviest penalties for the offence so far.

Under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act, anyone who submits fake academic certitudes can be fined and/or jailed $20,000 or up to two years.