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A company director has been fined S$48,000, or in default 12 weeks' jail, for counterfeiting documents used by his company to export goods.
SINGAPORE: A company director has been fined S$48,000, or in default 12 weeks' jail, for counterfeiting documents used by his company to export goods.
Singapore Customs said 46-year-old Harold Toh Thiam Luck pleaded guilty on Wednesday to four charges of counterfeiting Certificates of Origin. Another nine charges were taken into consideration.
Certificates of Origin are used by exporters to certify the country of origin of their goods.
Toh, the director of Fukutomi Technologies Pte Ltd, is the first person to be prosecuted by Singapore Customs for committing such offences.
Singapore Customs said investigations revealed that between November 2008 and February 2011, Toh had counterfeited Certificates of Origin in relation to Fukutomi's exports with a fake "Singapore Manufaturers' Federation" stamp.
The Singapore Manufacturing Federation is one of five organisations here, besides Singapore Customs, authorised to issue Certificates of Origin to exporters. Singapore Customs said the certificates were fabricated so that the goods exported by Fukutomi Technologies could gain easier access into the importing countries.
The total value of the goods involved exceeded S$300,000.
By counterfeiting the certificates, Singapore Customs said Toh had committed offences under the Imports and Exports Regulations.
It added that such offences undermine the reputation of Certificates of Origin issued in Singapore and the country's reputation as a trusted global trade hub.
Anyone found guilty of counterfeiting, falsifying or using, when counterfeited or falsified, any permit, certificate or document issued under these regulations is liable to a fine not exceeding S$100,000 or three times the value of the goods, whichever is greater, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to both.
Repeat offenders can be fined not exceeding S$200,000 or four times the value of the goods in respect of the offence, whichever is greater, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or to both.