Indian, Filipino Nurses in Jail After Presenting Fake Work Certificates

A number of Asian nurses who allegedly presented counterfeit certificates to pad their work experience were detained or were barred from leaving pending investigation in Saudi Arabia.

According to Saudi Gazette, the forgery was uncoveredby a team from Ministry of Health during screening process of these nurses, many of whom were from India and the Philippines, to work in primary health centers in various parts of the Kingdom. Some of them were employed in the private sector.

While recruits had acquired adequate skill qualifications and posessed genuine academic records, they, however, furnished fabricated experience certificates with longer than actual work duration to boost hiring prospects with the collusion of recruitment agents.

It also came to light that in some cases the agents had submitted forged experience certificates on behalf of the nurses without their knowledge.

A few fraudulent agents have tainted the reputation of hard-working and well-qualified nurses from these countries, officials said. Nurses who were found guilty of forgery have been lodged in various prisons in Makkah, Riyadh, Eastern Province, Qassim and other regions.

At least a dozen nurses from the Philippines have been arrested in Jeddah and other cities of the Makkah province while 30 others face probe in Riyadh and the Eastern Province.