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Passport fraudster jailed for 26 months

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 15/06/2016

A Chinese woman who forged a passport to get into New Zealand, where she later married, has been jailed for more than two years.

Yunjuan Li,55, received the 26-month jail term when she was sentenced in Christchurch District Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to six charges of supplying false or misleading information to an immigration officer.

She also admitted a representative charge of producing a passport knowing it to have been fraudulently obtained.

Li had previously been declined a visa to enter New Zealand but was able to get an international travel agency to change her and her 18-year-old son's identities to get false Chinese passports.

She was able to get an entry visa in 2005 and the next year married a New Zealand citizen - and was granted residency in 2011.

However, Immigration New Zealand was on her trail and caught up with her last year.

It is now considering whether or not to deport her.

Her son Bao Li, now 30, has been sentenced to 300 hours' community work for his offending.

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