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TUITION CENTRE EMPLOYEE ADMITS USING STUDENTS’ & PARENT’S NRIC TO REDEEM FACE MASKS

A 58-year-old tuition centre administrative staff member at Stalford Tuition Centre (located at Block 209 Upper Changi Road) pleaded guilty to illegally redeeming the government-issued face masks.

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She had allegedly taken down the NRIC numbers of the students and their parents from the tuition centre, and used the NRIC numbers to redeem masks for her family.

CNA reported that Hah had started secretly taking down the NRIC numbers of the centre’s students and parents in March 2021.

Hah, who was in charge of enrolling students for the online classes, had access to their NRIC numbers because it was part of her job scope.

She then used the NRIC numbers to redeem masks from the Temasek Foundation vending machines, redeeming 20 of the masks which were worth about $200.

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On 3 March 2021, one of the students’ mothers lodged a police report when she and her son were not able to redeem their face masks from the vending machine.

Hah was then identified by the police through the use of CCTV footage and she was then arrested on 11 March 2021, and about 20 unopened packs of masks were also seized from her home.

Hah is set to return to court on 10 February for her sentencing and if convicted, faced a jail term of up to 10 years and fine.

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