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Three immigration consulatants prosecuted for selling fake Philippine passports

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Three immigration consultants were charged with document forgery by Taipei prosecutors on Wednesday for allegedly selling fake Philippine passports to local parents wishing to enroll their children in an American school in Taiwan.

Wang Chuan-hung, owner of Chau Morn Consultants Co. and two other associates, were indicted for selling fake Philippine passports to Taiwanese parents seeking to obtain foreign passports to help their children get enrolled at the Asia American International Academy (AAIA), the Taipei Prosecutors' Office said.

The school opened in New Taipei's Linkou District in 2016. The three were accused of selling counterfeit Philippine passports at prices between NT$120,000 (US$4,000) and NT$200,000 apiece, the office said.

With the help of colluding Taiwanese expatriates in the Philippines, Wang was able to produce the counterfeit passports that were identical to the real ones, with Taipei prosecutors saying that traits of forgery were hard to detect, even when they were examined under ultraviolet light.

In May 2019, Taipei prosecutors and Investigation Bureau agents raided offices and residences of the three following a tip-off. Wang was later released on NT$1 million bail, while another consultant identified by his surname Chu (朱) was granted one- year probation and fined NT$150,000.

In addition, 21 Taiwanese parents were given probation and handed fines ranging from NT$120,000 to NT$200,000. As for the Taiwanese who colluded from the Philippines, warrants for their arrest will soon be issued, the office said. (By CNA)


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