Man jailed 6 months for forging SCDF papers

As a national serviceman in the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), Loh Wei Ming served as an administration clerk in the logistics department. But when he later tried to clinch a job with a private ambulance provider, Loh, now 30, lied that he was a trained paramedic with the SCDF and submitted forged documents as proof.

Loh, who now works as an Uber driver, was jailed for six months yesterday after pleading guilty to one count of forgery by submitting a bogus SCDF service transcript to the Royal Ambulance Services (RAS) in June 2014.

Two other counts of forgery involving fraudulent copies of documents the SCDF had purportedly issued - an Automated External Defibrillator certificate and a Basic Cardiac Life Support certification card - were taken into consideration during sentencing.

In 2014, Loh applied for a job as a medic at RAS and its director Alias Othman, 47, called him for an interview.

Assistant Public Prosecutor Thiagesh Sukumaran said that Mr Alias expected Loh to care for patients and to perform first aid on them if necessary. He then asked Loh what his experience was in the medical field. Loh informed him that he was a trained paramedic with the SCDF.

Loh provided the company with a photocopied service transcript, purportedly issued by an SCDF officer, and RAS then employed him as a part-time paramedic on June 2, 2014.

APP Thiagesh told District Judge Chay Yuen Fatt that as Loh had a driving licence, he was also asked to fulfil the job responsibilities of a driver. However, his services were terminated on Oct 19 that year for not following Mr Alias' instructions.

Five days later, Mr Alias noticed that Loh's service transcript was different from the one submitted by another employee who was also from SCDF, and decided to check with the organisation.

Loh's offences came to light when the documents were found to be forged. The director lodged a police report on Nov 24, 2014.

In mitigation, Loh's lawyer Amolat Singh said: "He was never required to nor did he ever carry out any paramedic duties or procedures on anyone throughout his employment with Royal Ambulance.

"At all times, he had a properly trained medic or nurse with him in the ambulance who attended to the patients he was conveying in his ambulance. In short, no lives were ever at risk nor did his forgery lead to any loss to anyone."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 21, 2017, with the headline 'Man jailed 6 months for forging SCDF papers'. Print Edition | Subscribe