A student care centre based in Little India was found guilty of profiting from wrongful claims for student care fee subsidies. The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) said in a press release yesterday (Jun 28) that an audit found multiple instances of wrongful claims for student care fee subsidies made by Welcare Student Care Centre to the Government.
The centre was initially given 14 days to explain the lapses but the response was insufficient. It then requested the MSF to extend a 3 months’ deadline to meet the request but the centre was still unable to explain the wrongful claims.
MSF has since lodged a report to the Commercial Affairs Department of the Singapore Police Force, revoked Welcare Student Care Centre’s license to administer student care fee assistance and making restitution for the wrongful claims.
The owner of Welcare, Gerald Michael, is a former actor from Mediacorp, and set up the student care centre in Little India in 2000 to help children between the age of 7 to 14 from low income families.