SINGAPORE — A Singaporean operations manager is facing 61 charges for collecting $396,440 from 56 migrant workers, the Ministry of Manpower said on Thursday (29 September).
Ho Chiak Hock Derrick, 52, is facing 61 charges for allegedly collecting kickbacks from the workers as a condition for their employment or their work pass renewal, MOM added in a statement.
Acting on a tip-off, MOM began investigating allegations about the kickbacks against Ho in November 2020. The former operations manager of Lian Cheng Contracting had allegedly demanded monies from the workers of the conservancy company on multiple occasions since 2014.
The monies were either collected by Ho, or through three migrant workers acting on his instructions. These workers had allegedly paid kickbacks in order to have their work passes renewed.
If convicted, Ho can be fined up to $30,000, or jailed for up to two years, or both for each charge.
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