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S. Korean man bought forged ID to obtain Chinese passport

By Zhao Wen (Shanghai Daily)

14:35, November 20, 2012

A SOUTH Korean man was tried yesterday for illegally using a forged identification card to apply for a Chinese passport, which he used 54 times to travel between China and South Korea, the Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People's Court heard.

The 52-year-old suspect, surnamed Kim, admitted that he asked a Chinese friend to help him get a Chinese passport and paid the friend 150,000 yuan (US$24,054).

He did this because his real passport was expiring and South Korea's consulate refused to renew it for him in China as he went bankruptcy and owed debts in his country.

Kim, who ran an LCD screen trading company in Shanghai, said if he went back to South Korea, he might be taken to court and restricted from going abroad before he cleared his debt. As a result, his business in Shanghai would be left unattended, Kim told the court.

To get a Chinese passport, Kim went to Shenyang City, capital of northeastern China's Liaoning Province, three times where he first got a forged Chinese ID card with the name Sun Yueqi and used the card to apply for a passport. Prosecutors said Kim received the illegal passport in January 2009. From March 2009 to August 1 of this year, he used the passport to travel frequently between China and South Korea for business, medical treatment and family visits.

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