Lady civil servant jailed for forging labour documents

|     Fadley Faisal     |

THE Intermediate Court yesterday imprisoned a female government servant for three years after she pleaded guilty to 10 counts of forging workers’ labour application forms.

According to DPP Yvonne Lim’s statement of facts to the court, 35-year-old Rosediana binti Angas started working as an accountant clerk in 2004 at the Labour Department in Tutong before she got transferred to Jalan Kebangsaan as an assistant labour inspector in 2011.

Her work included signing of workers’ contracts and inspection of the contracts.

The Commercial Crime Investigation Division of the Criminal Investigation Department Police received a report on April 15, 2011 made by an Enforcement Unit of Immigration and National Registration Department (INRD) officer which stated that seven fake stamps/chops were found on documents linked to a Bruneian named Mohammad Zaini bin Dambong.

It led to the defendant’s arrest and further investigations revealed more offences committed by Rosediana.

The defendant forged BUR500 forms, which is an application to obtain foreign worker employment pass issued by the Labour Department and it is a filtering stage to make sure the company is employing workers in accordance with its quota licence and relevant regulations. Once the process is done, the employer can apply for visa from the INRD to bring in the workers.

It was found that the defendant came to know that foreign man named Mohamad Syed Sulaiman bin Pitchai Rowther sometime in 2004, who is nowhere to be found now.

The defendant was offered money by Sulaiman to forge BUR500 purportedly signed on behalf of the Commissioner of Labour, Labour Department.

The role of the defendant was to fill in section A and B of the form, to be signed and stamped by the Commissioner of Labour.

The defendant used a scanner purchased by Sulaiman to scan the document and stamped the original BUR500 form with the chop of the Commissioner of Labour in section A and section B and the section ‘For Office Use’, with the wording “payment has been settled” in section B.

It was then printed out as a prototype which was then used to fill in information furnished by Sulaiman using workers’ passports details.

The arrangement was that for each forged form, the defendant would be paid an amount ranging from $50-$200.

From May 2010 to March 2011, the defendant made 11 copies of BUR500 for Zaini to make an application on behalf of Sulaiman at the INRD.

With the forged BUR500, 28 passes were issued to 28 workers.

The defendant admitted that she had forged the said 11 copies of BUR500, intending that the forged forms shall be used for the purpose of cheating, and that she knew the BUR500 was used to apply for employment passes from the INRD.

Judge Muhammed Faisal bin Pehin Dato Haji Kefli presided over the case.