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Woman jailed for forging visa documents

A 50-year-old woman was sentenced to one year in prison for forging files for a customer to obtain visa from the Italian Consulate in Shanghai, Huangpu District People's Court said today.

The woman surnamed Xu, from Zhejiang Province, ran a company in Shanghai to forge qualification documents, bank statements and other files to help people get visas from foreign consulates, prosecutors said.

Her employee, surnamed Hu, received a four-month jail term for assisting her fraudulent business, the prosecutors said.

Last September Xu assured one customer of obtaining a visa from the Italian Consulate in Shanghai as she could forge all the needed documents with special software.

Xu and Hu then forged the customer's business license, job certificate, bank statements, residence booklet, driver license and other files. The customer paid Xu 30,000 yuan after receiving the visa.

Prosecutors said Italian visa officials later found the files were fake and alarmed Shanghai police who prevented Xu's customer from boarding the plane.


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