Another corruption case in ICA: sergeant happily 'chopped passport' for hostesses in exchange for money!

Another corruption case in ICA: sergeant happily 'chopped passport' for hostesses in exchange for money!

SG Gazette·2018-02-26 20:25

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She had accepted bribes to give 30-day social visit passes to 28 Thai women entering Singapore.

27-year-old Catherine Lim Zh Yin, a sergeant at the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) at Woodlands Checkpoint, was sentenced to eight months’ jail on Monday (26 Feb), for accepting a total of $960 from Raymond Lim Boon Ian, who was also accused.

37-year-old Lim Raymond Lim Boon Ian already been sentenced. His wife, Manetchai Benja, worked as a mamasan.

Manetchai had asked the sergeant sometime in 2012 if she could “chop passport”. Lim understood it to mean endorsing the entry of club hostesses, and she rejected the request.

However, she agreed to the request in November 2014 and met Raymond Lim. The latter was an agent for Thai hostesses, and offered to pay her $50 for each successful “U-turn” - referring to a time where a non-Singaporean citizen leaves Singapore for a short period of time and then returns shortly to extend the stay.

Raymond Lim would message Catherine Lim on WhatsApp when he required a U-turn, and she would check her work schedule. She then messaged him, Manetchai and Ong Xiang Ren the work counter she would be at.

She facilitated the entry of three Thai hostesses on 7 December 2014 for the first time, receiving between $60 to $180 - $60 for each U-turn.

Clearing the entry of eight Thai hostesses six days later, she received another $480 from Raymond Lim.

She took another $300 by approving the entry of five more Thai women on 21 December that year.

Four other charges were taken into consideration.

Her lawyer, Kalaithasan Karuppaya, said his client had voluntarily surrendered $1,260. He also said she wished to put the incident behind her and start her life afresh.

She was interdicted from service since 7 March 2015.

(Image Credit/s: Changi Airport, Thailand Property, Rice)

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