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Agents in S. Korea visa faking jailed

TWO people who helped 12 people to get multi-entry South Korean tourist visas by handing in fake materials and benefited more than 840,000 yuan (US$133,172) were jailed for five years and seven and a half years respectively, the Baoshan District People's Court said yesterday.

The convicts, named Li Tao and Xu Jin, were also fined 30,000 yuan each for illegally organizing other people to cross national borders and deceiving exit certificates, the court said.

Prosecutors said Li and Xu had both studied in Japan and became good friends after they returned to China. The pair began their visa agent services in October 2010 as Xu told prosecutors his wife was diagnosed with cancer and her treatment needed a large sum of money.

Between October 2010 and January last year, they helped 28 people, who wanted to work in South Korea, to apply for multi-entry South Korean tourist visas. Each applicant paid 30,000 yuan to 45,000 yuan for agent fees, the court heard.

Prosecutors said Li and Xu filled the visa application forms with fake information. They also forged employment documents, personal resumes and tax records, with which 12 of their clients successfully received valid multi-entry tourist visas from the South Korean Consulate in Shanghai.

Li and Xu also trained their clients how to speak to customs officers, how to answer questions and led them to pass the border inspection, the court heard.

The South Korean Consulate in Shanghai rejected the visa applications of the convicts' remaining clients after they became aware of the issue.

Li and Xu, along with the 12 clients, were expatriated to China after they were caught by South Korean police, the court said.


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