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MAN PAYS $500 FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO TAKE HIS DRIVING THEORY TEST FOR HIM, JAILED

52-year-old Malaysian Goh Ah Hock pleaded guilty to a charge of cheating by personation and was sentenced to 2 months imprisonment.

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He had paid someone $500 to take the Singapore Basic Theory Test for him because he feared that he would fail the test.

The man who was to take his place in the BTT, Zhang ZHongliang, received the same sentence back in July for his part in the offence.

What happened?

According to Channel NewsAsia (CNA), Goh had been riding his Malaysia-registered motorcycle while working at a construction company.

He later planned to buy a Singapore motorcycle when he heard that the use of foreign vehicles in Singapore would be banned in July, and wanted to convert his Malaysian bike license to a Singapore one.

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But he was afraid that he would fail the BTT test, and asked a co-worker to introduce an agent to him for help him convert his license, paying the agent $500 for the help.

The agent then schemed with another person (Zhang) to take the test for Goh, with Zhang seeing an advertisement offering him $200 to him Goh take the test.

Zhang appeared at the SSDC on 28 June to help Goh take the test, and he was told by the agent to meet him outside the centre after the test to collect his payment.

Zheng displayed Goh’s work permit to the SSDC tester, passing it off as his own, but was asked to take off his face mask for identity verification.

They then noticed that Zhang didn’t look like the person in the work permit and was unable to state his FIN number.

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The tester then asked Zhang for other documents to verify his identity, and Zhang then left before returning with Goh; the police were later informed of the incident.

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