SINGAPORE: The director of a cleaning firm has been sentenced to four weeks' jail and fined S$2,500 for hiring phantom workers and other offences.
Zhang Xinyan, 40, had falsely declared to the Controller of Work Passes the Central Provident Fund contributions of her firm, Spark N Brite Pte Ltd.
She had lied that she hired 20 workers who received CPF contributions but in reality, 13 were phantom workers who did not work for her.
This happened between August 2009 and December 2010.
Zhang did so she could hire more foreign workers. With every local employed, Zhang could hire five foreigners.
For these offences, she was handed a four-week jail term.
For other offences under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act, including contravening the condition of the work pass and failing to keep proper wage records of her workers, Zhang was fined S$2,500. - CNA/xq
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