Friday, June 21, 2013


Immigration officials bust fake fingerprint Chinese woman

2013/06/15 16:47:59

Taipei, June 15 (CNA) A Chinese woman seeking to circumvent Taiwan's immigration controls by having plastic surgery to alter her fingerprints was busted by sharp-eyed immigration officials, the National Immigration Agency said Saturday.

Immigration officials said the 33-year-old, surnamed Wen, came to Taiwan on a marriage visa. She was fingerprinted upon arrival at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport from China's Wuhan City Friday when officials noticed fingerprint anomalies on their computer screen.

Suspecting that Wen might have had plastic surgery to alter her fingerprints, officials called for help from the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

Police from the bureau used the Automated Fingerprint Identification System to identify Wen's true identity -- another woman, also surnamed Wen, who came to Taiwan in 2005 on a marriage visa but who was deported in 2011 after failing to report her whereabouts and overstaying her visa.

Wen initially denied the alleged biometric fraud, but later tests revealed that she had also had cosmetic surgery to her eyelids, nose and lips.