The Straits Times
Published on Dec 21, 2012

Two plead guilty to making false GST claims


He thought he had come up with an undetectable way to game the GST refund system, pocketing more than $37,000 in tax refunds over 20 occasions by generating false electronic tourist refund scheme ("eTRS") tickets based on genuine receipts of jewelry bought by Singaporeans.

But on Friday, 29-year-old tax fraud mastermind Shadadpuri Jerome Dasigao and his 39-year-old accomplice Naguit Jennifer Cumadre, both from the Philippines, were found guilty in court of making false GST claims.

For seven counts of forging receipts and generating false eTRS tickets to claim GST refund, Dasigao was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment and a penalty of $43,129.68. Another 13 charges were taken into consideration.

Dasigao, who was working as a customer service assistant at Goldheart Jewelry's ION Orchard outlet when he cooked up the scheme in November last year, had made forged receipts on his laptop based on real ones that he printed without permission from Goldheart's computer system.