Woman fixing air conditioner finds fake passports hidden above suspended ceiling

In a discovery that may prompt criminals to rethink their super-secret hiding places, a woman fixing an air conditioner at an office building in Yau Ma Tei has uncovered a stash of suspected fake Chinese passports concealed above a suspended ceiling.

Found inside a paper bag, the travel documents were discovered on Monday at the Omega Plaza on Dundas Street, according to Ming Pao.

On.cc reported that a 24-year-old woman surnamed Yeung had accessed the area above the suspended ceiling to fix the office’s air-conditioner when she came across the package.

She rang police and the case has been handed to the Yau Tsim District Investigation Team.

No arrests have been made so far. A barrister told The Standard that forged documents were likely linked to a criminal group.

Under the Immigration Ordinance, anyone found guilty of possessing fraudulent travel documents faces a fine of HK$150,000 (US$19,100) and a jail term of up to 14 years. A summary conviction carries a fine of HK$100,000 (US$12,700) and up to two years’ in jail.

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