Woman jailed over fake letter

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 April, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 26 April, 2002, 12:00am
 

An abode claimant was jailed yesterday for six months after trying to trick immigration officers into granting her residency by producing a bogus letter from the Legal Aid Department.


Kwun Tong Court heard Tam Yuet-ho, 41, paid $10,000 for a letter purportedly issued by the department on January 14, 1999. Had it been genuine the letter would have allowed her to benefit from this January's landmark Court of Final Appeal judgment.


The top court ruled that several hundred of more than 5,000 abode applicants who challenged the Government could stay. These included people who had a letter acknowledging applications for legal aid made between December 7, 1998, and January 29, 1999.


Tam later confessed that she had bought her fake letter from a man in Chater Garden, Central, in January.


She was charged with using a false instrument, which she admitted.


Tam sneaked into Hong Kong in January 2000 and illegally remained in the SAR until she went to the Immigration Department on February 9, 2000, to claim right of abode.


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