In the State Courts on 27 December, Singapore's Ministry of Manpower (MOM) charged 45-year-old local Mohamed Yasin S/O Hameed Sultan (Yasin), with one count of conducting unlicensed employment agency (EA) activities without a valid EA licence.

Pleading guilty to his charge, Yasin was convicted and fined S$30,000, in default eight weeks’ imprisonment. In addition, he will also be barred from holding an EA licence.

Investigations revealed that between November 2014 and May 2015, the accused performed EA activities without a valid licence, such as distributing pamphlets and advertisements, and facilitating job placement overseas.

Three foreign workers had engaged him to secure employment in Canada, after being attracted by pamphlets promising jobs there, paying thousands of dollars for non-existent jobs. He also collected their biodata for the purpose of job migration and assisted to secure employment in Canada.

MOM reiterated it will not hesitate to prosecute offenders to protect the interests of employers and workers. Those convicted can be fined up to $80,000 and/or imprisonment not exceeding two years.

MOM-licensed EAs can be verified through the EA Directory on MOM’s website. Any person or company who uses an unlicensed EA has committed an offence and is punishable with a fine of up to $5,000 per charge.

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