Court Sentences Woman Forging Documents for Foreigners!

Source: JobTube, Arianna J., Freya W., Josh B.

On October 23rd, the West Lake court in Hangzhou indicted a 35-year-old woman named Li on suspicion of selling exit and entry documents, which has attracted the close attention of Chinese media.

In late 2018, the Hangzhou Public Security Bureau found two Indonesian masseuses in a beauty shop of Huanglong business district, who were registered as investor and shareholder of foreign-funded enterprises. After further investigation, the police found that the materials they used to apply for their residence permits were fake, and both came from a company that was owned by Li.

A new business opportunity

From 2017 to 2018, sensing that there was a demand for the foreigners who couldnt meet the conditions of residence permit application. Due to this, Li began to defraud Chinese Embassy to issue work visas by making false labor contracts and fictitious investor identities for foreign enterprises.

After foreigners entered China with the fraudulent visas, Li applied for work residence permits and extensions for them in the same way by using false labor contracts and other fictitious materials.

The businesses

  1. Early in 2017, Li got a work visa for a Turkish aliased Oskar who actually worked in a machinery company by fabricating his position in a trading company with a forged labor contract. Later in June, Li sold a residence permit to Oskar for 13000 Yuan.

  2. In March 2017, Li charged an Indonesian aliased Suni 12000 Yuan for the same service with the case above.

  3. In November 2017, Li registered a shell company for another Indonesian aliased Yingdi, who was actually a beauty salon worker. In March 2018, Li helped her obtain a work residence permit as a foreign investor.

After several trials without being caught, Li began to forge identities for foreign labors including mechanical and beauty workers for entry certificates, and charged them at a price ranging from 12000 Yuan to 15000 Yuan per person.

As of May 2018, Mr. Li had made a total illegal profit of 56208 Yuan.

Eventually, the West Lake court held that Li, who committed the crime of selling exit and entry documents, was to be sentenced to a fixed-term imprisonment of one year and ten months and a fine of 10000 Yuan, and to have her illegal profits confiscated.

As of now, the foreigners involved have been required to leave China within a time limit. The employer of the two Indonesian masseuses has also been fined 20000 Yuan.

The Relevant law

As for the Chinese Criminal Law, Article 320 states: Whoever provides another person with a counterfeit or altered passport, visa or other exit and entry certificates or sells passports, visas or other exit and entry certificates shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of not more than five years and shall be fined; if the circumstances are serious, he shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of not less than five years and shall be fined.