Arrest warrant issued for ex-director of tuition fee center who helped students cheat on O-level exams

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SINGAPORE: An arrest warrant has been issued for the former director of an education center who helped students cheat on their O-level exams.

The warrant was issued on Wednesday (Nov. 23) after Poh Yuan Nie, 56, failed to appear in court to begin her jail term for 27 counts of cheating.

Poh was sentenced to four years in prison in 2020 after a lengthy trial, but her appeal was rejected just this week.

Poh’s lawyer, Mr. Peter Keith Fernando, discharged himself on the same day the warrant against Poh was issued.

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Poh was involved in the fraud case with two co-defendants: Fiona Poh Min, who was sentenced to three years in prison, and Feng Riwen, who was sentenced to two years and four months in prison.

The trio worked at the now-defunct Zeus Education Center. They carried out a plan for three exams in October 2016, in which six students had devices strapped to their bodies and carefully hidden under layers of clothing.

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A few hours before each exam, Fiona and Feng taped the devices to the students. During the exams, co-defendant Tan Jia Yan sat there as a private candidate and used FaceTime on her phone to live stream the question papers to the tuition center.

Fiona and Feng would then work on the questions and call the students to read the answers.

The ruse came to light when a proctor heard unusual electronic transmission noises and voices from one of the students.

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Poh was labeled by the prosecution as the mastermind behind the whole scheme.

As director, she decided how the operation would be conducted and approved the actions of her co-defendant, overseeing the entire process on the day of the investigations.

Of the four, Tan was the only one to plead guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison in 2019.

On January 18, a review of Poh’s arrest warrant was enacted.

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