SINGAPORE — Two foreign workers have been convicted in Singapore for making fraudulent claims under the Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA).
Singh Arshdeep, an Indian national, and Rohoman Md Shimul, a Bangladeshi national, were each jailed four weeks their offences under WICA, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in a news release on Tuesday (23 March).
Singh, who was convicted on 10 March, was also jailed three weeks for providing false information to an MOM investigations officer. Both his sentences will run concurrently.
Convicted on Tuesday, Rohoman's charge of providing false information to an MOM investigation officer was taken into consideration for his sentencing.
On 5 August 2019, Singh filed a Work Injury Compensation (WIC) claim against his employer – Enlighten Furniture – for "alleged injuries to his left middle finger, left index finger, left shoulder, back and left knee", said MOM. He claimed he sustained the injuries after falling backwards down a flight of stairs while carrying a wooden box on 5 March 2019.
MOM's investigations found that while Singh did have a fall, the incident was staged. CCTV footage showed Singh loitering around the accident location before the incident.
"He appeared to be rehearsing the accident. Shortly after, he picked up the wooden box and slowly went up the staircase. When other workers appeared in the vicinity, he slowly leaned backwards, threw the wooden box behind him and fell down the staircase," said MOM.
Investigations also found that Singh did not require the box he was carrying for his work.
On 16 August 2019, Rohoman filed an incident report through his employer – Kim Bock Contractor – that stated he had injured his right hand while meeting a friend outside of his worksite on 18 July that year. MOM then informed Rohoman that his accident could not be admitted under the WICA as it did not arise in the course of his work.
Rohoman later filed a WIC claim which stated that he had been injured while at work. MOM's investigations showed that Rohoman's account of how he was injured differed from those of two supervisors at the company. He had told the supervisors on two separate occasions that the had fallen and injured himself while meeting his friend while away from the worksite.
Those convicted for making fraudulent claims for WICA compensation face fines of up to $15,000, jail terms of up to 12 months, or both. Those found guilty of providing false information to an investigation officer may be fined up to $5,000, jailed up to six months, or both.
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