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Man charged for forging vaccination document to dine in at Orchard Road establishment

Yahoo News logo Yahoo News 15/9/2021 Wan Ting Koh
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SINGAPORE — A 30-year-old man was charged on Wednesday (15 September) for forging a doctor’s memorandum on his vaccination status, which he allegedly used to dine in at a food-and-beverages (F&B) establishment at Orchard Road.

Zhang Shaopeng, a Chinese national, was handed one charge of forging a doctor’s memorandum from Raffles Medical, dated 26 August, and purportedly issued by a Dr Lim Ru Hui, regarding a vaccination status by amending the said memorandum to indicate his name on it.

He allegedly had done so before 1 September, with the intention of passing himself off as fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

His case was fixed for a pre-trial conference on 21 September.

The police said in a press release that Zhang allegedly produced a digital copy of a forged doctor’s memorandum on his vaccination status, in order to dine in at the F&B establishment.

Staff of the establishment made a check on the memorandum and suspected that it could have been forged.

The staff then asked the man to leave and he complied. They reported the matter to the police. Officers established Zhang's identity and he was arrested on 14 September.

Forgery carries an imprisonment term of up to four years, a fine, or both.

The multi-ministry taskforce announced on 6 August that only fully-vaccinated individuals will be allowed to dine in at F&B establishments, in groups of up to five. Unvaccinated individuals may only dine in at coffeeshops and hawker centres in groups of up to two.

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