An Indian national who took part in a scam to falsify English language test scores to obtain visas has received a suspended jail term.
Perth's District Court today handed Vinod Kumar Jaiswal, 25, a jail sentence of six months and one day, suspended for 12 months, after he pleaded guilty to one charge of bribery.
Jaiswal is the 12th and final person to be sentenced following a Corruption and Crime Commission investigation into the scam.
He acted as an intermediary, passing on $12,000 from another Indian national to have his test score changed by a former employee of Curtin University, Kok Keith Low, who is serving a two-year sentence for accepting bribes.
The court heard the money was passed through three intermediaries who each took a cut before Low was paid $1500.
Jaiswal didn't benefit financially from the scam so his involvement was at the lower end of the scale, Judge Jeremy Curthoys said.
However, a jail sentence had to be imposed as a deterrent to show that bribing public officials would not be tolerated.
The community needed to have confidence in the tests, which formed part of the application process for visas or permanent residency, Judge Curthoys said.Curtin University has since cancelled its involvement in the testing system.
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