Chinese national and Singapore permanent resident Wang Jianping paid Central Provident Fund (CPF) contributions for 41 Singaporeans whom he had declared to be his employees. between May 2007 and February 2009.

On March 5, 2012, he was jailed a month after pleading guilty to using this ruse — the workers were not genuine employees — to inflate his allocation for work passes for foreign employees. Technically, he was jailed for making a false declaration to the Controller of Work Passes.

Another 17 similar charges were taken into consideration at sentencing.

Wang committed the offences while running construction firm Giantwill, located at the industrial park at Kaki Bukit Avenue 1. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) received a tip-off and opened investigations.

This case was reported by the Straits Times, on March 6, 2012: Ex-MD jailed a month for phantom worker scam.

The newspaper also reported that in 2011,  38 employers and one firm were convicted of phantom worker scams, about the same number the year before.