Sham marriage: Chinese national, S'pore man jailed

A female Chinese national and a Singaporean man have been sentenced to jail for their involvement in a sham marriage, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in a statement yesterday.

Chinese national Zheng Guiling, 40, and Lim Peng Boon, a 64-year-old Singaporean, were convicted for offences under the Immigration Act.

The ICA said that in September 2014, Zheng, who had been on a 30-day visit pass, was introduced to Lim through a friend.

Zheng told Lim that she wanted to live and work in Singapore, to which Lim suggested that he could help her find a local husband who could enter into a marriage of convenience with her, and hence prolong her stay in the country.

Lim told Zheng to pay $8,000 for the sham marriage arrangements, of which $6,000 would be given to her prospective husband.

Later that same month, Lim introduced Zheng to Loh Chee Wai, a 54-year-old Singaporean man, who agreed to enter into a sham marriage.

Zheng gave Lim $1,500 and paid the remaining $6,500 after the couple solemnised their marriage on Oct 22, 2014. Loh received $3,000 from Lim after the solemnisation, and was told by Lim that the remaining $3,000 would be paid by Zheng in instalments.

Loh and Zheng were arrested by ICA officers on May 30 last year for entering into a marriage of convenience, said the ICA.

They were each sentenced to six months' jail, with Loh sentenced on Dec 14 last year, and Zheng sentenced on July 17 this year.

Lim was arrested on Jan 14 this year. Last Wednesday, he was jailed for 11 months and fined $8,000, which in default is two months' jail.

The ICA said it takes a serious view of individuals trying to circumvent its system by engaging in, arranging or assisting to arrange marriages of convenience to obtain immigration facilities in Singapore.

If convicted, a person may be fined up to $10,000 or jailed for up to 10 years, or both.

The ICA said it would continue to take firm enforcement action against errant couples or middlemen, and spare no effort in investigating such cases.

Members of the public can report any suspected cases to the ICA on 1800-391-6150. Any information provided would be treated in strictest confidence.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 30, 2019, with the headline 'Sham marriage: Chinese national, S'pore man jailed'. Print Edition | Subscribe