Vietnamese woman jailed 10 weeks for entering Singapore using fake passport

Nguyen Thi Bich Lieu was sentenced to 10 weeks' jail and fined $1,500 for entering Singapore using a false passport.
Nguyen Thi Bich Lieu was sentenced to 10 weeks' jail and fined $1,500 for entering Singapore using a false passport.PHOTO: IMMIGRATION AND CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY

SINGAPORE - A Vietnamese woman has been jailed 10 weeks and fined $1,500 for entering Singapore using a false passport.

Nguyen Thi Bich Lieu, 43, was sentenced to 10 weeks' imprisonment and fined $1,500 on Wednesday (Oct 5), said the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

Nguyen had previously entered Singapore on several occasions using a Vietnam passport bearing her real identity, ICA said.

She was refused entry on Feb 19, 2014 and sent back to Vietnam.

On March 18 this year, she attempted to pass through immigration at Changi Airport with a Vietnam passport under the name "Do Thi Duc" and date of birth as "1969".

Nguyen had also declared on the Disembarkation Form that her name was "Do Thi Duc" and that she had never used a passport under a different name to enter Singapore.

She was arrested by ICA officers at Changi Airport Terminal 2 on April 16 when she attempted to depart for Ho Chi Minh City.

"The ICA takes a serious view of attempts to overstay, enter or depart Singapore illegally. We will continue to conduct security checks to ensure that the movement of people, goods and conveyances through our checkpoints is lawful and legitimate," ICA added.