A South American man has been sentenced to five years in prison by the Zhabei People’s Court for providing foreigners with illegal visas in China.
According to Shanghai Daily, this is the first case of visa fraud in China which involves a foreigner.
The police have identified the foreigner as Godoi, but have refused to to reveal his country of origin and full name. Godoi, who supposedly ran a trading company, helped the foreigners attain Chinese residence permits using a fake seal and copies of his tax registration certificates and business license.
Police began to suspect something was going on late last year after a foreigner applied for a resident permit with documents submitted for a job position “significantly different” from his previous experience.
Godoi is also alleged to have helped foreigners set up companies in Shanghai, through which they could attain work visas for others.
Two Chinese men working for Godoi, one surnamed Sun and the other Zhang, have also been punished for their offenses. Sun has been sentenced to a year and a half in prison with probation and Zhang received a year with probation.
Godoi is said to have profited more than 50,000 yuan (US$8,050) for his illegal services.
By Freya Twigden