Hong Kong and Shenzhen police have joined forces to crack down on a cross-border syndicate that makes fake Hong Kong identity cards and sell them to Vietnamese asylum seekers and illegal immigrants.
Twenty-eight people have been arrested, including Vietnamese and Indonesians aged between 30 and 60, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Police superintendent Kwan King-pan of the Organised Crime and Triad Bureau said they received a tip-off in February about an illegal triad operation that smuggled fake IDs into Hong Kong by sea. The fake IDs were being sold for HK$1,000 each, according to Ming Pao Daily.
Nine syndicate members were arrested while in possession of forged ID cards. They were charged with aiding and abetting others to breach their conditions of stay and of helping illegal workers remain in Hong Kong.
Seized from the syndicate were assorted fake IDs, HK$80,000 cash, several mobile phones and a few bank cards.
Chief Immigration Officer Lau Wing-kei said the fake ID cards were of poor quality and could be easily detected.
Meanwhile, Shenzhen authorities arrested a man and a woman and recovered two lost Hong Kong ID cards, half-finished fake IDs and some tools for making forged ID cards.
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