An Indian national who bought a fake degree in botany and used a passport bearing his cousin's name was jailed for two weeks and fined 6,000 Singapore dollars (over $3,900), news reports said Friday.
But claiming Shivalingam Chandrasekaran was the "best employee", his boss paid the fines and said she wants him back at work.
Chandrasekaran, who had worked in the city-state in the 1990s as a work permit holder, decided to re-enter soon after his return to India in 1998.
Claiming he naively followed the advice of his agent to secure an employment pass, Chandrasekaran obtained an Indian passport in the name of his cousin and bought a fake botany degree stating he graduated from Mandurai Kamaraj University, The Straits Times said.
The ruse was discovered earlier this year by the manpower ministry.
Instead of disappointment at being deceived, his employer said she was so impressed with Chandrasekaran's work at Bollywood Veggies as a farm supervisor that she hired the best lawyers for his defence, paid his fines Thursday and wants him back on the job.
Boss Ivy Singh-Lim was quoted as describing Chandrasekaran as a "very committed employee".
"He has been such a blessing to me that I am willing to adopt Chandrasekaran as my son," she added in her court testimony.
Lawyer Muralli Rajaram said Chandrasekaran had come back to Singapore out of desperation for money to send to his sick father. Matters worsened when his first wife committed suicide and he had to pay his relatives to look after his son, now 14.
Singh-Lim said she would appeal to authorities to allow Chandrasekaran to continue to live in Singapore.
I RECEIVED TWO degrees last week. One is an associate's degree in criminal justice, while the other is a bachelor's degree in journalism, and it only took me less than a week to get them.
With these two degrees, I can, technically, begin applying for jobs as a police officer or a journalist, either of which will pay much more than my current position as an intern. For sure.
If you haven't guessed by now, the degrees are fake. The associate's degree from Belford University cost US$349 (S$536) and the replica bachelor's degree from TrueDiplomas cost US$137.90. Total: $748, excluding freight charges by DHL.
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The business and management part-time course is taught entirely online over three years by Bournemouth University and Leeds Metropolitan University.
Among about 100 students who enrolled on it, a number were from the armed forces and others who lived overseas.
The course was designed to allow students to work at their own pace from anywhere in the world.
It is set on a virtual campus with students able to talk to each other and their tutors in an online community.
Stuart Brown, a staff sergeant in the army, said he needed to find a way to fit an education around his home and work life.
"While studying I have done coursework while deployed in Germany and in the Maldives while on holiday," he said.
Staff Sgt Brown now plans to continue his studies with an online International Business and Management degree.
Fellow student Helen Bainbridge, a customer resources manager in Fareham for eight years, wanted to further her career.
"I wanted to be able to gain a qualification without having to give up my job or my way of life.
"The course had to fit in with my pressurised job, my husband, helping to run my husband's company without having to go away to study."
The students will officially receive their degree during an award ceremony on Wednesday.
Although other institutions do run online degree courses, these students are thought to be the first to graduate with a foundation degree.