FT CHARGED BY MOM FOR OVER DECLARING STAFF SALARY TO GET EP

The former chief operating officer of Harry’s International, 48 year-old Parmjit Kaur, was charged by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) yesterday for overstating the salaries of her foreign employees in Employment Pass (EP) applications.

She faces 20 counts of making false declarations of salary to MOM from April to September 2013.

Parmjit has since left the bar and dining franchise chain.

Investigators say that Parmjit had instructed her staff to fill in MOM forms declaring that her foreign staff received fixed monthly salaries of $3,100. This was so as to meet the $3,000 minimum requirement for EP applications at the time. Investigators charged that she knew that the salaries were far below that.

If convicted under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act, she could be fined up to $20,000 and jailed for up to two years.

The MOM also revealed that 95 other employers are now under investigation for making false declarations regarding work passes for 241 other foreigners.

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