A Mainland visitor convicted of making false representation to an Immigration Officer

13 March 2012

A male Mainland visitor who made false representation upon arrival in Hong Kong was convicted of one count of making false representation to an Immigration Officer member in the Sha Tin Magistrates' Courts and was sentenced to two months' imprisonment suspended for three years today (March 13).

The 31-year-old defendant holding People's Republic of China (PRC) passport arrived in Hong Kong on February 8. He told an Immigration Officer that he was in transit to Jakarta of Indonesia and presented an electronic air ticket showing that he was departing on the following day. He was then granted entry to Hong Kong. When the defendant intended to depart for Mainland on February 10, he was subject to further examination. Upon further investigation, the defendant admitted that his actual purpose of visit was not to transit Hong Kong to Indonesia.

"Under the laws of Hong Kong, any person who makes false representation to immigration Officers commits an offence. Offenders are liable to prosecution and, upon conviction, the maximum penalty will be a fine of $150,000 and imprisonment for 14 years," an Immigration Department spokesman said.