16 Sep '11, 9am

Tourist fined for making false GST claims

SINGAPORE: A Hong Kong tourist was fined S$16,000 on Friday for making false Goods and Services Tax (GST) claim of nearly S$5,500 on pearl necklaces and bracelets. Hung Yat Sing, 46, admitted to making the false claims and said he was acting as a carrier to bring the goods out of Singapore. He pleaded guilty to four charges and five remaining charges were taken into consideration. If he fails to pay the fine, he will have to serve 64 days in prison. On June 12 this year, Hung submitted the claim forms under the Tourist Refund Scheme at the GST Tax Refund Inspection Counter at the Changi Airport, declaring himself the purchaser of the pearl necklaces and bracelets. The GST he claimed of S$5,481 was refunded to Hung. But when he re-entered Singapore, tax officers interviewed him and he admitted that he had made false claims to bring the goods out of Singapore to earn a commi...

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