A WAITER who tried to bribe a US consular investigator after being found carrying a fake entry permit was yesterday sentenced to eight months' jail. In jailing Zheng Xuewu, 21, Western Court Magistrate Henry Mierczak said the public was looking to the courts to stop corruption and there were no exceptional circumstances enabling him to depart from the normal custodial sentence. Zheng pleaded guilty to one count of offering an advantage to an agent while the Crown offered no evidence against him on a charge of using a false document. Prosecutor David Chan told the court Zheng arrived in Hong Kong from China on July 16 in transit for the United States. When he was leaving on July 22, he presented an 'authorisation for parole of an alien into the United States' to immigration. However, officers noticed that two words on the document had been wrongly spelt and referred the matter to the US Consulate. In the meantime, United Airlines refused to let Zheng board the plane. On July 27, Zheng telephoned Wong Kon-leung, a consular investigation assistant who was handling the case, and offered him US$3,000 (HK$23,160) in return for the document, which was confirmed to be forged, and his help in getting him to the US. He called again the next day and increased the bribe to US$4,000 but was arrested on July 29 by an Independent Commission Against Corruption officer. Zheng's counsel, Raymond Tsui, told the court his client went to New York in June 1992 and, after working there for a couple of years, he wanted to return to China for a visit. He obtained the authorisation through the Fujian Association in New York, not knowing that it was faked, Mr Tsui said.