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Syndicate Mastermind Convicted of Illegal Employment Scheme For Foreign Domestic Helpers


In a major crackdown on immigration fraud, a 63-year-old Hong Kong resident has been convicted of orchestrating an elaborate scheme to illegally employ foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) in the city.

The individual, who worked as an FDH employment agent, was found guilty of four counts of conspiracy to defraud and two counts of using a copy of a false instrument. The sentencing handed down today by the Hong Kong courts was a total of 41 months’ imprisonment.

According to the Immigration Department (ImmD), the investigation began when suspicious FDH visa applications were detected during processing. A months-long probe revealed a syndicate suspected of arranging for 26 foreign nationals to work in Hong Kong illegally using falsified FDH contracts.

In a sweep codenamed “Ironshield,” a total of 18 individuals were arrested, including the syndicate mastermind, three Hong Kong residents, and 14 FDHs. Authorities seized two computers, two mobile phones, and a trove of false documents, such as time deposit advices, electricity bills, and water bills.

“It is an offence to make a false representation to an immigration officer,” an ImmD spokesman warned. “Offenders are liable to prosecution and to a maximum fine of $150,000 and imprisonment for 14 years.”

The case highlights the ongoing challenges faced by Hong Kong authorities in combating immigration fraud. Employment agents who exploit vulnerable foreign workers for personal gain can expect severe consequences under the law.

As the investigation continues, the ImmD cautions that more arrests may be forthcoming. The crackdown serves as a stark reminder that Hong Kong will not tolerate such blatant disregard for its immigration policies.