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Filipino woman jailed for providing false diploma in PR application

Filipino woman jailed for providing false diploma in PR application

Noriza Dancel De Luna was sentenced to seven weeks' jail for providing false statements to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority. (Photo: Immigration and Checkpoints Authority)

SINGAPORE: A Filipino woman who made false statements about her educational qualifications to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) was sentenced to seven weeks’ jail on Tuesday (Jan 14).

Noriza Dancel De Luna, 38, submitted a diploma and transcript from the Centro Escolar University in Manila for permanent residency applications for herself and her daughter, in 2008 and 2009.

Upon verification, ICA found that the school had no record of De Luna’s enrolment and that the documents did not originate from their office.

She was subsequently arrested on Oct 25, 2017. The case was surfaced following internal investigations, ICA said.

In response to CNA queries on the status of De Luna's residency, ICA said Singapore permanent residents who have been convicted of an offence will have their PR status reviewed by ICA. 

It considers each case before a decision is made on whether to revoke a person’s PR status.

The authority will look at factors such as the seriousness of the offence, the extent of the person’s involvement in the crime and the length of the jail sentence, it added.

"ICA takes a very serious view of persons who provide false information or conceal material facts during their applications for any Singapore immigration facility," it said.

For those who have been convicted of an offence, the statuses of their family members will also be reviewed by ICA.

Source: CNA/ga(hm)


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