ASQA Convicts Four People for Creating False Student Records

As the national regulator for vocational education and training, The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has welcomed the conviction of four people involved in the creation of false student records and other fraudulent documents.

Mr Baljit Singh, Mr Rakesh Kumar, Mr Mukesh Sharma and Ms Rekha Arora were convicted by the Victorian County Court of conspiracy to deal in the proceeds of crime and conspiracy to defraud the Commonwealth. Of the four men, three received prison sentences of six, five and three years, however the last man was released immediately with a $5,000 bond on a recognisance order.

The group presented fraudulent documents to ASQA to obtain and extend registration for their training organisations – St Stephen Institute of Technology and Symbiosis Institute of Technical Education, ASQA Chief Commissioner Mark Paterson said.

“There is no place in Australia’s VET sector for companies and individuals who are not genuinely committed to providing high quality training and assessment that arms learners with the skills and experience that employers need and want,” he said.

After charges were laid in 2015, the registration of both colleges was suspended.

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