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ICA man jailed for corruption

TOOK BRIBES: Mustaffa accepted bribes in return for granting visit passes to Filipino and Vietnamese women.


    Dec 10, 2013

    ICA man jailed for corruption

    AN IMMIGRATION and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) staff member who gave and accepted bribes to help foreigners prolong their stays in Singapore was jailed for 21 months yesterday


    Mohammed Mustaffa Mohabat Ali, 29, was also ordered to pay a penalty of $8,050.

    He admitted to eight charges of corruptly accepting bribes as rewards for granting 30-day social-visit passes to various foreigners.

    He also admitted to four charges of corruptly giving bribes to four colleagues to do the same.

    Twenty-three other charges were considered during his sentencing.

    Mustaffa was attached to Tuas Checkpoint as a primary screening officer whose duties included assessing if foreigners met entry requirements, inspecting passports and granting visit passes.

    Between October 2010 and June 2011, he accepted bribes in return for granting visit passes to Filipino and Vietnamese women.

    He worked mainly with Philibert Tng Hai Swee, who referred the foreigners to him. Tng would provide transportation for the foreigners, drive them through the checkpoint, and seek out Mustaffa to grant the visit passes when he was on duty.

    Mustaffa charged between $250 and $500 each time. Tng would collect the money from the foreigners and keep $50 per transaction for himself as a referral fee.

    Some 33 foreigners were involved in Mustaffa's scheme.

    To facilitate the scheme, he engaged the help of four other men, including three Malaysians, to ferry the women on round trips between Singapore and Malaysia for a fee.

    He also recruited four colleagues, instructing them to grant the foreigners he would send to them new 30-day social-visit passes without carrying out the checks required by ICA.

    Tng died in October 2011.

    The maximum penalty for corruption is a $100,000 fine and five years' jail on each charge.