Suspended sentence Chinese man who lived in Ireland under false name for eight years avoids jail term
'Hard working' Wenzi Wang went on to obtain a driving and taxi licence, Public Service Card and a mortgage using false name
A Chinese national who lived under a false name for eight years after buying another person's birth certificate has received a fully suspended sentence.
Lawyers for Wenzi Wang (39) submitted that their client "was a model citizen in all but name" and that while living under the false name he paid taxes, did not commit offences and did not sign on to social welfare.
Wang, of Brandon Square, Waterville, Blanchardstown, Dublin, first came to this country in 2002 on a student visa.
After his visa had expired, he obtained a legitimate Northern Irish birth certificate belonging to another person and used it to get an Irish passport in the name Sau Kee Lee.
He went on to obtain a driving licence, a taxi licence, a Public Service Card and a mortgage all under this name.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard his wife, who he first met in 2010, did not become aware of this until 2017 when she was pregnant with their second child.
The court heard that an investigation began after Wang registered the birth of this child using his real name.
Passing sentence yesterday, Judge Pauline Codd said that once someone begins this offending, it requires "a significant amount of planning and scheming".
Judge Codd noted that the false identification was not used by Wang to involve himself in any type of fraud and that he was a hard-working man who paid taxes.
She sentenced Wang to four years' imprisonment, but suspended the entirety of the sentence on strict conditions.
Wang had pleaded guilty to providing a birth certificate he knew to be false in connection with a passport application at a garda station in Co Donegal on May 25, 2009.
He further pleaded guilty to six counts of deception at locations in Co Dublin and Co Meath between October 8, 2010, and April 18, 2017, and to two counts of giving a registrar false information in Co Dublin on September 7, 2010, and July 28, 2011.
Wang also pleaded guilty to possession of an air rifle and ammunition, and to possession of a jumper and epaulettes closely resembling those of An Garda Síochána, all at his address on November 13, 2017.
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