Couple fined $9k for listing fake address to enrol son in Bishan school

In order to enrol their son in a popular school in Bishan, a couple gave a fake residential address.

The act was subsequently uncovered and the two were sentenced to a $9,000 fine after pleading guilty on Monday (Jan 29). 

The child’s mother, 36, was given the maximum fine of S$5,000 for giving false information to a public servant, while her husband, 39, was fined $4,000 for giving a false contact address to an officer at​Serangoon Gardens Neighbourhood Police Post (NPP). 

Their son is currently a Primary 3 student, and the family stays in Serangoon Gardens, reports Lianhe Wanbao

To protect the child, the court has placed a gag order on the identity of the child, and information which could lead to the discovery of his identity, including the name of both accused, and the name of the school which they had sought to enrol him into.

The court heard that on May 1, 2014, the couple had arrived at Serangoon Gardens Neighbourhood Police Post and listed a fake address.

They claimed to live in Bishan and changed the address on their identity cards to Bishan as well. 

On July 30, 2015, the mother of the child listed the fake address on the enrolment form, and her son was successfully enrolled in the school. 

Under Phase 2C, the couple’s son was given priority for admission in the Primary One Registration Exercise, as the given address was within one kilometre of the school.

However, their lie was ultimately uncovered by the vice principal of the school, who lodged a police report on Jan 14, 2016, saying that the child’s father had provided false information to the school, with regards to his residential address. 

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