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72 trips 'on fake permit'

A WOMAN who allegedly used a fake permit to go to Macau 72 times has been charged with illegally crossing the national border, Fengxian District prosecutors said yesterday.

The suspect, surnamed Chen, is said to have entered and left Macau 72 times between February 2007 and November 2010, prosecutors said.

It is claimed Chen used someone else's identity cards to apply for a pass permit.

Chinese mainland residents must obtain a permit to travel to Macau and Hong Kong.

Prosecutors say Chen was discovered by police in Shanghai when she went to renew her Hong Kong and Macau permit in 2010.

She ran off after the police saw that the permit photograph was not hers, it is claimed. Chen was later apprehended in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province.

It was discovered that Chen had been repatriated by Macau police over involvement in riots in 2007, and had been forbidden of entry since then, according to prosecutors.

However, Chen wanted to return to Macau as she had worked there for many years, officials said.

She is said to have told prosecutors she had borrowed a distant relative's identity card and household register to apply for a pass because they resembled each other very much.

The relative, identified as Xiao Min, was unaware her identity had been used, prosecutors said.

Chen told prosecutors she had also bought fake identity cards with which to apply for four pass permits.


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