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2 Pinays charged with using fake documents in applying for UK work visa

22 February 2018

The Eastern court magistrate said the case
will be transferred to the District Court

By Vir B. Lumicao

Two Filipina domestic helpers have been charged in Eastern Court with conspiring to submit fake documents of their employers to apply for a work visa in Britain nearly two years ago.

Criselda M. Bantasan, 31, and Cristy C. Par, 47, appeared before Magistrate So Wai-tak earlier today, Feb 22, charged with one count each of  “conspiracy to use copies of false instruments.”

A duty lawyer applied for bail for the defendants, saying their employers would post the bail money, and allow them to stay in their respective houses.

The magistrate allowed the defendants temporary liberty after posting bail of $1,000 each.

No plea was taken from either defendant, who had both been detained in Lowu detention center following their recent arrest by officers from the Organised Crime and Triad Bureau.

The SUN emailed OCTB to ask if there were other people arrested in connection with the case, but has yet to get a reply.

The Philippine Overseas Labor Office, in reply to this writer’s inquiry, confirmed that the persons identified by police as owners of the alleged fake documents were the employers of Bantasan and Par.

A POLO official said that the employment contract of Bantasan was processed in 2014 and Par’s contract in 2012.

Bantasan's employer, whose name appears in the charge sheet, is Cheng Wing-ki from Laguna City in Kowloon. Par’s employer is Wong Wan-kee Winnie, who lives in Cavendish Heights in Happy Valley.

The charge sheet read out in court said that on April 1, 2016, Bantasan went to the UK Visa Application Centre on the 15th floor of Leighton Centre in Causeway Bay and applied for an overseas domestic helper visa.

Bantasan was accused of conspiring with a certain “Ms Chan” and other unknown persons to submit copies of fake documents to UK VAC staff Lo So-han to support her visa application.

The spurious documents, the police report said, were an ANZ Bank statement of Cheng Wing-ki, a letter he purportedly sent to the British Consulate, an employer’s statement, the Australian passports of Cheng and Ng Charmaine oi-yau, and an overseas domestic helper contract between Bantasan and Cheng.

In Par’s case, the charge sheet said that on May 30, 2016, she also submitted her application for an overseas domestic worker visa to UK VAC staff Cheng Yau-sun.

She supported this with copies of false documents also allegedly in connivance with “Ms Chan” and other unknown persons.

The alleged fake documents were a Dah Sing Bank statement of Wong Wan-kee Winnie, a letter to the British Consulate that Wong had purportedly written, an employer’s statement by Wong, her New Zealand passport, and an overseas domestic helper contract between Par and Wong.

The report said both Bantasan and Par submitted the copies of the documents which they “knew or believed to be false, with the intention of inducing (Cheng and So) to accept them as genuine” and grant them a work visa for overseas domestic helpers.

The defendants were told to appear in Eastern court again on March 15 prior to the transfer of their case to the District Court.
     

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