A 73-year-old man was sentenced to four months in prison for using forged Hong Kong identity cards.
Shi Gau-yan bought the ID cards in Shenzhen so that he could continue to work as a security guard and not rely on government assistance, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.
Magistrate Li Wai-chi said lawbreakers cannot be spared jail just because they are old, although he took into account Shi’s clean record in pronouncing a lenient sentence.
Police found two fake Hong Kong IDs on Shi during a routine check last year. One showed a 1952 birth year, the other 1955 — but Shi was in fact born in 1942, the court heard.
Shi said he used the fake IDs to hide his real age so he could keep working.
He first procured a bogus ID in 2008 when he was 66 and subsequently worked in three security agencies. In all, he made HK$540,000 (US$69,654.24).
Shi’s wife told Ming Pao her husband cheated to keep his job but did not intend to swindle money.
She said the judge is “living in a world of fantasy” with no idea how difficult life is for people like them.
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