Interpol seeks ex-principal

A 2018 file photo of Poh Yuan Nie. The police are appealing for information on her whereabouts. - The Straits Times/ANN

An Interpol red notice has been put out against missing former principal Poh Yuan Nie, who was sentenced to four years’ jail for several cheating offences in the 2016 O-level examinations.

Warrants of arrest have also been issued, said the police in a statement on Thursday.

It added that the police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of the 57-year-old.

On Nov 23, 2022, a warrant of arrest was issued after Poh failed to show up in court to begin her jail term.

The former principal of an education centre had been sentenced to four years’ jail over 27 counts of cheating involving candidates in the O-level exams.

On Dec 22, 2022, Deputy Public Prosecutor Louis Ngia applied to the court for the warrant to be executed outside Singapore’s jurisdiction.

According to Interpol’s website, a red notice is a request to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or other legal action.

In 2020, Poh, also known as Pony, and her niece, Fiona Poh Min, were each convicted of 27 charges of engaging in a conspiracy to cheat. Fiona Poh was then sentenced to three years’ jail.

The prosecution said that Poh Yuan Nie was paid S$8,000 per student for tuition to help them pass the O-level exams and enter local polytechnics.

Poh and her niece were assisted by tutors, including Tan Jia Yan. On multiple occasions in October 2016, they committed cheating offences such as taping communication devices to the students’ bodies when they sat the exams.

Tan, then 34, was sentenced to three years’ jail in 2019 over her role in the cheating scam.

Tan also sat the exams as a private candidate and used the FaceTime application to live-stream the questions to the tuition centre, where the accomplices would work on the questions and read the answers out to the students.

Poh oversaw the entire process, said the prosecution.

The ruse was exposed on Oct 24, 2016, when an invigilator heard unusual electronic transmissions and voices coming from one of the students. — The Straits Times/ANN

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