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Man gets prison for forgery of documents

A MAN has been sentenced to nine months in prison for forging an attorney's license to get access to a smuggler whose family offered a 700,000 yuan (US$112,944) reward to get their son out of the detention house, a local court said yesterday.

The convict, surnamed Yuan, 25, forged and bought official documents and certificates, the Zhabei District People's Court said.

Yuan said he learned about the reward from the family of the smuggler, surnamed Gao. Yuan's mother worked as a domestic helper for Gao's parents.

Yuan told the family he could use his special relationships to get Gao out. The family didn't put much stock in his word, but agreed to pay the reward in advance as long as Yuan could prove what he said.

Yuan said he paid 240 yuan online for a forged attorney's license with a photo of his wife and fake information such as the name and bar code.

He also forged a certificate and letter from a local law firm, which helped his wife meet with Gao in the Zhabei District detention house on November 14, the court heard.

Yuan said he let his wife meet Gao because his wife was better at communicating than him. No information was released on possible charges against others in the case. The meeting was meant to show Gao's family that Yuan had access.

Detention house officers found the information to be fake, and Yuan was caught on January 18. He had not received any reward by then, the court heard.


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