I am a form four leaver doing private business. My cousin is asking me to lend him my form four academic certificate as he wants to use it to apply for a job in a private company. Is this a crime? I really want to help him to secure this job as the job market is tough, and he is smarter than I am only that he could not complete his o levels due to financial reasons.
It is very thoughtful of you to try to assist your cousin, but you shouldn’t as you will be committing an offence.
Lending an academic certificate to another person so that the borrower may use it to apply for an employment is an offence under section 372 and 374 of the Penal Code [Cap.16 R.E 2019]. The offence is called unlawful lending of certificate. The lender is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to a fine to be determined by the Court. The borrower is also guilty of an offence namely impersonation of a person named in the certificate contrary to section 373 of the Penal Code and is liable to imprisonment for a year.