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UK: Student jailed for language test fraud

A Chinese student who was paid GBP 400 to take a university English exam for someone else has been jailed for six months

Chinese student Jiawen Feng has been sentenced to six months in prison for passing himself off as another student when taking an English language exam at Warwick University. This is according to the British daily, The Telegraph.

International students must pass an English test at the university before they can enrol on other courses.

Feng used the other Chinese student’s passport and ID, but security staff became suspicious, and when they searched Feng’s bag they found documents which proved who he really was.

Immigration officers attend tests

Feng pleaded guilty to possession of false identification when he appeared at Coventry Crown Court on Friday. Sentencing Feng to six months in prison, recorder Peter Andrews told him:

»You acted dishonestly, and in a criminal way. You endeavoured to deceive and clearly thought through a piece of criminal activity.«

Kathryn Roughton, prosecuting, said that this is not an isolated case:
»On a number of occasions people have turned up who are not the person they are, so immigration officers have started to attend.«

Feng, from St John’s Wall, Birmingham, told the police he worked for an education company in the city which offered him GBP 400 to take a test for someone else.