The Ministry of Manpower, 18 Havelock Road, Singapore. Photo: Google Maps

A 33-year-old Singaporean man was jailed for a total of 50 months and given five strokes of the cane on Friday after pleading guilty to 117 counts of violations in employing foreign workers.

The defendant, Goh Eng Kiat, the director of Jasper Contractors, pleaded guilty on October 25 to 30 counts of illegally importing labor. Shin Min Daily News reports that the sentencing also included 87 other similar charges.

Initially also fined S$75,000 (US$54,967), in addition to being given a 45-month jail term and five cane strokes, Goh was handed a longer sentence after telling the court he could not make the payment.

The court learned that Goh had falsely declared to the Ministry of Manpower that his firm wanted to hire foreign construction workers.

Between November 2013 and March 2016, he successfully obtained 117 work passes for mainly Chinese nationals, from whom he received S$292,500 (US$214,407) in payment.

According to the Ministry of Manpower, this was the largest amount received by an offender involved in illegal importation of labor in Singapore’s history.