They had encashed the grant money for the same course, but didn’t attend it.
Why you should be angry – &*#%$ it’s your tax dollars leh!
Investigations revealed that the 4400 people had acted alone and that this wasn’t part of a conspiracy with the training provider of the course.
In all, the bogus claims amounted to S$2.2 million.
Before this record haul, SkillsFuture Singapore detected about 80 false claims a month.
Parliamentary Secretary (Education) Low Yen Ling says SkillsFuture Singapore is now tracking the recovery of the money.
“It is regrettable that these individuals have abused the user-friendly system offered by SkillsFuture Credit, an initiative to support skills upgrading and training aspirations of Singaporeans…SSG is tracking the recovery of monies closely, and will not hesitate to take necessary actions, including legal action, against those who fail to return the monies.”
The persons involved have until April to return the money.
Under the SkillsFuture Credit scheme announced in 2015 to help Singaporeans upgrade their skills, Singaporeans aged 25 and above receive a S$500 credit from the Government to attend courses by approved training providers.