Ex-director of Harry's charged with submitting false claims to obtain training funds

Parmjit Kaur, a former chief operating officer of bar and dining chain Harry's, arriving at the State Courts on June 20, 2016.
Parmjit Kaur, a former chief operating officer of bar and dining chain Harry's, arriving at the State Courts on June 20, 2016. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A former chief operating officer of bar and dining chain Harry's has been charged with allegedly submitting false claims to obtain government funds for the training of the company's employees.

Parmjit Kaur, 50, who was taken to court by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), faces 37 counts under the Skills Developments Levy Act.

She had filed multiple claims, which allegedly contained false information, between 2011 and 2013 to the now-defunct Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) to obtain funding.

Harry's was a Workforce Skills Qualifications-approved training organisation which conducted in-house courses for its employees.

Kaur was still under the employment of Harry's - and in charge of its training department - when the alleged offences were committed, SSG said on Tuesday (July 25).

If convicted, Kaur may be fined up to $10,000 and/or jailed up to a year.

SSG said in its statement that it takes a serious view of any individual, training provider or organisation that abuses its funding schemes, and will not hesitate to take action against those who contravene its funding rules and guidelines.