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Arrest over permit fraud

A MAN has been arrested for allegedly faking job contracts for foreigners whose working visas had expired but wanted to stay in China to fraudulently obtain working visas and residence permits, Minhang District prosecutors said yesterday.

The suspect, surnamed Zhang, allegedly helped at least four foreigners get those documents by providing them with fake job contracts.

Prosecutors claimed that Zhang obtained a working visa for a Singaporean, identified as Mark, in July 2009. Mark, who worked in Shanghai, was not entitled to a residence permit after he left his job.

However, he did not want to leave China as he was planning to set up a company in Shanghai, so got in touch with Zhang.

Mark provided his letter of resignation, passport and 2,000 yuan (US$300) and signed a fake job contract with a company in Shanghai.

After that, he went back to Singapore and applied for a working visa, as Zhang advised. A month later, Mark received his visa and paid another 2,000 yuan to Zhang.

Prosecutors said Zhang would tutor foreigners to remember their "company" details.

If found guilty, Zhang could face a five-year jail sentence, prosecutors said.


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