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29 foreign workers were sentenced to two weeks' jail for lying that they did not have enough work and had to work in other areas.
The Bangladeshi workers from San Marine's Engineering, Hans Marine and K7 Engineering complained to Ministry of Manpower inspectors last September that they were illegally deployed as construction workers and Housing Board cleaners.
They also claimed that they were not paid.
But MOM investigations found their claims to be unfounded. The workers later admitted giving false information in hope of getting Special Passes so they could prolong their stay in Singapore.
The companies that hired them had valid work contracts with shipyards but work was handed to them intermittently.
During the period when they were not working, the workers were either undergoing training to prepare them for skills tests or sent for re-training as their work standards did not meet the shipyards' requirement.
This case surfaced in the wake of recent stepped up raids and checks conducted by MOM to flush out illegal workers and errant employers those who hired 'phantom workers'.
Four employers have been sentenced over the past few weeks for being involved in 'phantom workers' scam so far, and 18 illegal workers were caught in a raid two weeks ago.
'The accused persons cynically abused the investigation process. They have also wasted the time and resources of MOM, which could have been deployed to help workers in genuine need,' said divisional director of the Foreign Manpower Management division Aw Kum Cheong.
Under the employment of Foreign Manpower Act, any person who submits false information may be fined up to $15,000 or jailed up to 12 months, or both.
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