SINGAPORE – A man who chose to send a stay-at-home notice (SHN) at home but allowed singers into his home was fined $7,000 on Tuesday (June 29).
Ko Kyung Ho, a 46-year-old permanent resident of South Korea and Singapore, pleaded guilty to providing false information in his SHN ad, with one consideration to allowing nine people to move his home into his house when sentencing.
Koo worked in South Korea while his wife and two children, ages 12 and 18, remained in Singapore. Ko will visit Singapore several times a year to be with his family. According to court documents, Koe studied English at Stanford University.
Before returning to Singapore late last year, he and his wife hired a furniture mover to move his family’s things on November 26 last year.
Koe later filled out an application for his 14-day SHN service at his place of residence rather than a designated facility.
On his return to Singapore on November 25 last year, he was referred to an Immigration and Checkpoints Administration (ICA) official who checked his SHN details. Another ICAO officer explained to him the circumstances regarding people who chose to serve SHN at their place of residence rather than a facility. Ko also has terms and conditions explained to him.
As part of his requirements, Koe acknowledged that he would occupy a residence alone or with family members with the same travel history, serving SHN for the same period.
He also acknowledged that no person who does not have the same travel history will remain in their chosen place of residence for the duration of their SHN term.
As part of the declaration form, he acknowledged that he could be sued for false information.
Coe did not say that his family members – his wife and two children – would be staying at his declared residence. His three family members had planned to move into his house on November 26.
Ko was then told to stay at the advertised property alone during his SHN period and to call the SHN hotline for approval if he needed to see a doctor or change contact details during his SHN period.
Coe has not been granted any consent to allow the movers or the rest of this family to enter or stay in his residence at SHN.
Koo’s wife and son greeted him at the airport and then boarded a separate transport to meet him at headquarters. His son stayed up all night, in violation of his SHN requirements.
On November 26, two SATS officers assigned to conduct home visits on people serving SHN were assigned to visit Ko’s declared residence.
The two officers arrived at 2:30 p.m. and saw Koo, his wife and two children in the living room, with furniture, household items and boxes taken home.
The officers asked Koe if he would stay alone, and Koe replied that he stayed with his wife and two children. They recorded the names of family members and told the engine to stop working.
CAA officers later visited the house and saw Koe and his family in the apartment, where nine operators were transporting remaining items to the scene. These movers were unaware that Koe was serving his own SHN.
According to the prosecution, the mission would not have been transferred if they had known. They stayed in the residence for 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Take Ko to the Intercontinental for his SHN service. According to his attorney, Adrian Wee, Coe did not contract COVID-19.
Deputy Attorney General Joshua Lim demanded a maximum fine of $10,000, classifying the case as “minimal damage and low crime.”
Wei demanded a $7,000 fine. He said that on previous occasions Ko had served his SHN, he was with his family in their home.
Wei said this formed the basis of his expectation to serve SHN with his family, adding that his client now accepts that the rules have changed.
While served by an ICA officer at the airport, Koe showed the officer a lease agreement listing his wife and children as residents.
“What I am providing is not that he did not know the ad was false, but rather that he underestimated the validity of his statement. He accepts that it was a mistake and fully agrees to have a penalty imposed on him. Full of remorse,” Wei said.
His client did not try to deceive anyone and remained secluded behind sliding doors when approached by law enforcement officers.
“I was instructed to confirm that he is very sorry for this crime. He is sorry and grateful to the prosecution for how they handled his case,” Wei said.
Koe could have been imprisoned for up to six months and/or fined up to $10,000 for breaching his SHN.
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