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'Fake fingerprint' Chinese woman fools Japan controls
A Chinese woman managed to enter Japan illegally by having plastic surgery to alter her fingerprints, thus fooling immigration controls, police claim.
Lin Rong, 27, had previously been deported from Japan for overstaying her visa. She was only discovered when she was arrested on separate charges. Tokyo police said she had paid $15,000 (£9,000) to have the surgery in China.
It is Japan's first case of alleged biometric fraud, but police believe the practice may be widespread. Japanese police suspect Chinese brokers of taking huge sums to modify fingerprints surgically. Local media reports said Ms Lin had undergone surgery to swap the fingerprints from her right and left hands.