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Man jailed for faking visa documents

A MAN who made more than 340,000 yuan (US$53,400) by supplying fake documents to foreign nationals to support their applications for Chinese visas has been sentenced to seven years in prison and fined 30,000 yuan, the Minhang District People’s Court said yesterday.

The 32-year-old defendant, Wang Xiaoping, was found guilty of providing counterfeit documents to 30 foreigners between 2011 and 2014.

His first offense was committed in September 2011, when he helped to fabricate the work experience of a Frenchman who was in the process of applying for a work visa. The court heard that Wang charged 16,000 yuan for providing what he described as an “Intermediary service,” which also included helping the man to secure an extension to the visa 12 months later.

Between 2011 and 2014, he provided similar services to 30 foreigners from 13 countries — none of whom were legally entitled to a work visa — charging them between 4,000 to 35,000 yuan each time.

Over the three years he earned a combined 341,000 yuan, all of which was subsequently retrieved by the court.

Wang was apprehended by police in January of this year. He later confessed to procuring and supplying fake documents, though in court said that he didn’t realize he was committing a criminal offense.

His lawyer appealed for leniency on the grounds that Wang had acted only as an intermediary and had not sold or falsified official visa documents.

The court, however, said that Wang was aware of the foreigners’ need for such documents and had deliberately profited from the situation.


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