Date
24 March 2017
Tour group from mainland China (inset) disembark from a bus. Four tourists were jailed for using fake travel documents. Photos: RTHK, HKEJ
Tour group from mainland China (inset) disembark from a bus. Four tourists were jailed for using fake travel documents. Photos: RTHK, HKEJ

Mainland women jailed for using fake documents to get discounts

Four mainland women have been sentenced to two months in jail for using fake travel documents.

The women were planning to join a tour group to Hong Kong in May for a discounted package of 200 yuan (US$30.16) per person, Metro Daily reports.

The defendants — Meng Xianhong, 58, Zhu Baoyun, 57, Xu Chengzhi, 56 and Li Xingrui, 56 — arrived in Hong Kong on June 12 on a leisure and shopping tour arranged by a Shandong travel agency, according to Apple Daily.

They said their travel documents were taken by a tour guide for checking, saying they would be entitled to a shopping discount if no more than 40 percent of the tour group were 55 or above.

The travel agent then gave them forged documents showing younger age.

The incident was uncovered after immigration officials spotted discrepancies on the documents when the women were leaving Hong Kong.

The four pleaded guilty to one count of using forged travel documents.

Their lawyer sought leniency from the judge, saying the women were uneducated and some were illiterate.

They were led to believe that the travel group was subsidized by the mainland government and trusted the tour guide, the lawyer said.

Magistrate Colin Wong said the defendants used fake IDs for shopping but did not make false statements.

He handed them a two-month jail term but warned them that their offense could have landed them in prison for up to 18 months.

The four women were released on Tuesday, having served two months while awaiting trial.

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