Man who paid S$500 to have someone else take the basic theory exam for him gets jail time

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The court heard that Goh was under the impression that the use of foreign vehicles in Singapore would be banned in July.

At the time, Goh, who worked at a construction company, was using his Malaysia-registered motorcycle. Since he was going to work here for the long term, he decided to buy a Singapore motorcycle and convert his Malaysian driver’s license into a Singapore driver’s license.

To do this, Goh had to pass the basic theory exam, but he wasn’t sure he would pass.

Instead, Goh decided to hire an unidentified agent through his colleague to facilitate the conversion of the driver’s license. In return, he would pay S$500.

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On June 28 of this year, Goh met the agent and paid S$500 outside SSDC. Goh was told someone would take the test on his behalf and was asked to hand over his work permit. Then he left to wait at a coffee shop.

Meanwhile, Zhang, a 28-year-old Chinese citizen, was hired after responding to a WeChat ad to take the test on behalf of another person for S$200.

He met the agent outside SSDC and was instructed to take the test on Goh’s behalf. Upon completion, Zhang would meet the agent outside SSDC to receive his payment.

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On June 28, around 9 a.m., Zhang entered the waiting area to wait his turn for the test. The tester called out Goh’s name and Zhang answered, before presenting Goh’s work permit as his own.

The tester then asked Zhang to take off his mask and noticed that he looked different from the photo on the permit. Zhang was also unable to provide Goh’s TIN number upon request.

Suspicious, the tester asked for other documents for identification. Zhang then left the room and came back with Goh. The police were later called in.

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“Had Zhang been successful in the deception, allowing (the tester) to take the (basic theory test) on Goh’s behalf would likely damage (the tester’s) reputation,” the prosecutor said.

Goh’s lawyer Lim Kim Song pleaded for a month in prison for his client, claiming that his debt was less than Zhang’s.

According to the lawyer, Zhang played the active role while Goh was “passive”.

For cheating by personification, Zhang could have faced up to five years in prison, or a fine, or both.

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