The Ministry of Manpower, Singapore. Photo: Google Maps
The Ministry of Manpower headquarters in Singapore. Photo: Google Maps

Officials in Singapore have pressed 42 charges against a local woman for offenses over the past three years related to two dozen foreign workers.

Poh Kwi Ko, the director of Aik Heng Contracts and Services Pte Ltd, allegedly imported migrant workers illegally and collected kickbacks from them, Lianhe Zaobao (Singapore) reported on Monday.

The woman, aged 42, is alleged to have violated the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act between 2014 and 2016, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Manpower on September 4.

According to a preliminary investigation by the ministry, Poh processed 10 work passes successfully for 10 migrant workers, who were given no employment and allegedly advised to find work by themselves between December 2014 and March 2016.

During that period, the female director allegedly got kickbacks from 19 foreign workers and obtained a total of S$156,000 (US$115,894).

Some 13 charges relate to persuading foreign workers to be self-employed without valid work passes.

The ministry is seeking to bar Poh and a related construction company from employing foreign workers in the future.