Taipei--A woman who arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport from Malaysia Monday on a visit was denied entry after it was discovered that she was carrying a fake passport, according to the National Immigration Agency (NIA).
The woman, in her 60s, was carrying a South Korean passport that was a spotted as a fake by immigration officers, the NIA's Border Affairs Corps said.
The woman, surnamed Choi (?) was detained and admitted during questioning that she had paid human traffickers NT$45,000 (US$1,476) a few years ago to supply the passport.
She said she had used it to travel to several countries over the past few years, the border authorities said.
They said the document was of high quality, which indicated that human traffickers were becoming more skilled at passport forgery.
The woman, who lives in Malaysia, said she had purchased the fake passport because she was unable to renew her authentic passport since she was being sued by creditors over a debt of 80 million South Korean won (US$71,282) after a business failure, the border authorities said.
After being held in detention overnight, the woman was deported to Malaysia on Tuesday, immigration officers said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel