2 businessmen charged with 442 counts for sham employment businesses

Wan Ting Koh
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Two Singaporean businessmen were charged with 442 counts of operating and using three sham companies to fraudulently collect fees from over 300 foreign job-seekers after promising them non-existent jobs on Friday (20 October).

Terry Tan-Soo I-Hse, 39, and Clarence Lim Jun Yao, 30, were jointly charged by the Commercial Affairs Department and Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in the State Courts.

According to an MOM media statement, Tan-Soo was the director of the employment agency Asia Recruit, while Lim was the director of Asiajobmart and UUBR International. Asia Recruit is now known as Asiajobmart while UUBR is now known as Connectsia.

Both had submitted a total of 449 work pass applications to the (MOM), and only four of these were approved. MOM has since imposed a ban on Lim and his firms, Asiajobmart and UUBR, from employing any new foreign workers and from renewing any work passes. Asia Recruit’s employment agency licence has also been suspended.

If convicted under the Companies Act, Tan-Soo and Lim may each be sentenced to imprisonment for up to seven years and/or fined $15,000 per charge. If convicted for false declaration offences under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act, each may be jailed up to two years and/or fined up to $20,000 per charge.

If convicted for a breach of licensing conditions under the Employment Agencies Act, each may be sentenced to imprisonment for up to six months and/or fined up to $5,000 per charge.

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