They say learning never ends. And along with this learning, people get certification and recognition which could help them advance in their respective careers. That is, if they legitimately earned their way to those achievements.
But with today’s technology, it’s not surprising to learn of various styles of conmen doing whatever it takes to take advantage of others. Unfortunately, this very technology can also work against them, which is what this Singaporean conman learned the hard way, but not right after he’s taken advantage of his position for several years.
Man Jailed for Producing Fake Documents to Advance at Work
From one job to another, landing him a total of 38 high-profile positions in the field of civil engineering in a span of four years, Alexier Chin Ming Lik, now 49, had to forge a degree scroll for a first class honours in civil engineering from the National University of Singapore (NUS), and certificates from the Manpower Ministry (MOM) and Singapore Contractors Association, among others, as shared in a report by Yahoo! News Singapore.
Chin was so successful in his field that between 2013 and 2017, he held jobs at 38 different firms earning salaries ranging from S$3,500 to S$9,000 a month.
On Tuesday (March 5), Chin was sentenced to two years and 11 months, on top of a fine of S$1,600. He pleaded guilty to eight out of 21 charges, mainly of forgery.
In his resume, Chin claimed to have 16 years of experience and purported to have previously worked for a number of top companies in the field of construction. In order to avoid raising suspicion, he quickly moved from one job to another.
However, his scheme was discovered when a prospective employer who had sought verification of his credentials at NUS, prompted university officials to file a police report in December 2016.
For his forgery cases, Chin could have been jailed for up to 10 years on top of a hefty fine.