Housewife jailed 20 weeks for supplying forged MCs

Nursusilla sold or provided forged medical certificates to two men so they could skip urine tests.
Nursusilla sold or provided forged medical certificates to two men so they could skip urine tests.

A woman helped two men under drug supervision to skip urine tests by either selling or providing them with forged medical certificates.

District Judge Lim Keng Yeow yesterday sentenced housewife Nursusilla Kassim, 26, to a jail term of 20 weeks, or about five months.

He found that her culpability was higher than that of co-accused Mohammad Rashid Hatnan, 41, who had been given three months' jail for using a forged Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) MC on Jan 11 last year. Rashid had paid her $20 for the forged document.

Nursusilla had also given Sahlan Moati, 34, who has absconded, a forged Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) MC.

Two other charges of providing Sahlan with a forged National University Hospital (NUH) MC and selling him another were considered during her sentencing.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Leong Kit Yu said that under a two-year drug supervision order, Rashid was to present himself for urine tests every Monday and Friday at Ang Mo Kio Police Division.

He did not show up on Jan 4 last year and fraudulently used the forged KTPH MC to deceive a Central Narcotics Bureau supervision officer.

As the officer noticed that the information on the MC was incorrect, he checked with the hospital, which confirmed that Rashid had not been to the hospital on Jan 4 last year.

Investigations showed that Rashid had asked Shaik Abood Abdullah, 31, to help him get a forged MC.

Abood, whose case is pending, introduced Rashid to Nursusilla, who subsequently handed him the forged MC near Block 103, Teck Whye Lane, on Jan 10 and collected $20 from him.

DPP Leong said Nursusilla provided Sahlan with the forged TTSH MC dated Jan 15 last year to explain his absence from his urine test at Bedok Police Division.

He had also fraudulently used two forged MCs between Jan 16 and 29 last year.

Judge Lim said Nursusilla's forgery was "deliberate and calculated'', and she made monetary gains from her enterprise.

The mother of four could have been jailed for up to four years and/or fined per charge.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 25, 2017, with the headline 'Housewife jailed 20 weeks for supplying forged MCs'. Print Edition | Subscribe