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Indian-origin woman faces false claim charges in Singapore

Singapore :An Indian-origin woman in Singapore was today charged with allegedly submitting false claims to obtain government funds for training employees at a cafe here.

Parmjit Kaur, 50, who worked at Harry’s as Chief Operating Officer, has been taken to court by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) on 37 counts under the Skills Developments Levy Act.

She had 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 reported.

Harry’s was a Workforce Skills Qualifications-approved training organisation which conducted in-house courses for its employees.

Kaur was still under the employment of Harry’s and in- charge of its training department, when the alleged offences were committed, SSG said today.

If convicted, Kaur may be fined up to SGD10,000 and/or jailed up to a year.

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

Kaur was previously convicted of hatching a plan in 2012 to get around work permit quota by falsely declaring salaries of foreign employees at Harry’s.

She was fined SGD 40,000 in June last year.
PTI