A bizzare case of a PR submitting a forged educational transcript?

On Tuesday (14 Jan), a press release from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) made mention of a Philippine national who was jailed for 7 weeks’ for immigration offences committed. This came after she had produced a fake diploma and transcript to support PR applications for both herself and her daughter.

38 year-old De Luna Noriza Dancel had submitted documents purportedly from the Centro Escolar University to validate PR applications made in 2008 & 2009. Subsequent checks with the university revealed that she did not study there as claimed, and she was therefore arrested by the ICA on 25 October 2017.

ICA said in their press release that they take “a very serious view of persons who provide false information or conceal material facts during their applications for any Singapore immigration facility.”

Not De Luna's first brush with the law

In any case, this does not appear to be her first brush with the law. In 2012, De Luna was charged and fined $50,000 for setting up and running 2 unlicensed employment agencies.

In July 2010 – then described as a PR in the media report - she was issued a licence by the Ministry of Manpower to operate an employment agency, RSD Consultancy & Services. Even though she already had an existing agency license, she proceeded to set up another employment agency – NWCD Consultancy & Services – this time though without a license. NWCD was run by her husband, who was then here on a social visit pass.

In July 2011, the license of RSD Consultancy & Services’ had expired but De Luna did not renew it as she was being investigated by MOM. Despite ongoing investigations, she nonetheless proceeded to set up a second unlicensed agency, Impact Manpower, via proxies (a separate nominee director plus applicant).

In any case, it would appear that De Luna’s earlier application for PR status was successful given that the 2012 media report described her as being a “permanent resident”. It is equally curious that her forgery came to light only after 8 years, and the ensuing charge by ICA took more than 2 years for a conviction to materialize. Was her PR status not immediately revoked after getting fined?

What do you think?

This was reproduced with permission from editors of TR Emeritus.


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