Singaporean man convicted of work pass fraud is jailed for three and a half years

Author: PM editorial | Date: 14 Dec 2016

Mui Chee Mun collected kickbacks worth S$46,000 over 10 months

A man who fraudulently obtained work passes and collected kickbacks totalling S$46,000 has been sentenced to three and a half years in jail in Singapore.
Mui Chee Mun, 53, received 37 work passes for foreign workers for a company that was not operational, and made the individuals pay him to ensure their work passes were not cancelled. He pleaded guilty to all the charges.
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has also permanently banned him from employing foreign workers.
Mui managed a shell company called Blue Apple Design Pte, which he used to bring in foreign workers with no intention of providing work for them. He signed the application forms in the name of the company’s registered director without his knowledge, declaring that the foreign workers would be employed in construction or as electricians. He also made CPF contributions to local “phantom workers”, fabricating employment contracts and salary vouchers to avoid detection and to give the impression that he was operating a genuine company.
“The accused had devised an elaborate scam to cheat the MOM to approve work passes for work that was non-existent, and subsequently profited by collecting kickbacks from the foreign workers,” said Kandhavel Periyasamy, director of Employment Inspectorate at MOM’s Foreign Manpower Management Division. “These are serious offences, as they severely undermine our work pass controls. We will continue to investigate and take strong enforcement action against such individuals.”
A 42-year-old Bangladeshi, Reza Salim, was named as Mui’s accomplice in the scheme. Salim collected the kickbacks for Mui and also recommended friends and relatives that could enter Singapore as ‘released workers’. He was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison and permanently banned from working in Singapore.
Earlier this year, fashion director Yen Ser Ming avoided prison but was ordered to pay a fine of $72,000 for misuse of work pass applications.