Indian-origin woman charged by Skillsfuture Singapore for submitting false claims

A Singaporean-Indian woman was charged on July 26 for allegedly submitting false claims to obtain government funds for in-house employee training at a cafe in Singapore, according to a report by Times of India.

Parmjit Kaur was the chief operating officer at local cafe chain Harry's. She filed multiple claims, which allegedly contained false information, between 2011 and 2013 to the now-defunct Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) to obtain funding, The Straits Times said in a report.

Kaur has been taken to court by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) on 37 counts under the Skills Developments Levy Act.

Photo courtesy: Wiki
Photo courtesy: Wiki

If convicted, Kaur could be fined up to Singapore $10,000 and/or jailed up to a year. Harry's was a Workforce Skills Qualifications-approved training organisation which conducted in-house courses for its employees.

In a statement, SSG said that it takes a serious view of any individual, training provider or organisation that abuses its funding schemes. The organisation will not hesitate to take action against those who contravene its funding rules and guidelines.

Kaur was also previously convicted in 2012 of trying to get around work permit quota by falsely declaring salaries of foreign employees at Harry's. She was fined Singapore $40,000 in June 2016 for that charge.  

Kareyst Lin
Kareyst Lin – Senior Correspondent

Kareyst has experience in writing about B2B technology for Computerworld Singapore, MIS Asia and CIO Asia; and on government technology for GCIO Asia. Her pet areas are artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and smart cities - these are fueled by her obsession with sci-fi movies and philosophy of mind. An active Yoga practitioner and cat lover, with a background in Indian philosophy, subaltern and diaspora studies.


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