Singapore's Ministry of Manpower (MOM) yesterday (19 June 2014) charged a director of a Singapore-based computer firm for falsely declaring the salaries of 20 foreign employees.
Singaravelu Murugan, director of MN Computer Systems, was said to have made false salary declarations between 5 July 2012 and 6 September 2013 in 17 application forms and three renewal application forms for Employments Passes.
During the application and renewal for work passes, Murugan allegedly declared that he would pay S$4,500 (US$3,600) a month to each of the 20 foreign employees. MOM's investigations however showed that he intended to pay them salaries lower than that declared.
Based on the false declarations, the 20 foreign employees had their applications and renewals approved and were employed as software engineers.
MOM's investigation also showed that the 20 employees were not complicit in the scam as they were unaware that a higher salary had been declared. They have since stopped working for MN Computer Systems and are now working for new employers, according to MOM's statement.
This is the third major case this year involving employers being charged for making false salary declarations. The most recent case saw Woolim Plant Engineering & Construction being fined S$36,000 (US$28,800) for declaring salaries that were higher than the amounts actually paid to 15 of its foreign employees.
In its statement, MOM reminded employers that those who make false declarations will be severely dealt with. If found guilty, offenders can be fined S$20,000 (US$16,000) and/or imprisoned up to two years.
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