Ex-president at student care centre charged with cheating related to subsidy applications

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
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(Getty Images file photo)
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SINGAPORE — A former president at Welcare Student Care Centre was on Thursday (20 February) charged with cheating in relation to subsidy applications under a help scheme.

Along with the 51-year-old man, a 49-year-old woman who worked at the Centre was charged with falsification of accounts offences related to the applications made under the Ministry of Social and Family Development’s (MSF) Student Care Fee Assistance scheme, the police said in a news release.

Under the scheme, eligible households can receive monthly subsidies for their children’s student care fees.

The duo is alleged to have cheated MSF of more than $48,000 in wrongful payouts from January 2014 to November 2015 by deliberately omitting to submit withdrawal forms for 16 students who had stopped attending the centre.

The former president is also accused of instigating the woman to make false entries in student attendance records to show that these students had continued to attend the centre.

They are also facing charges for providing false information to MSF officers in relation to ComCare Financial Assistance applications.

The centre’s status as an administrator of the scheme has been revoked since 1 August 2016.

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