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Masters student Junhua Yu, 24, was studying for an MA in architecture at prestigious Darwin College, the Daily Mail reports.

A young Cambridge University student has been convicted and jailed for sitting English exams on behalf of illegal immigrants as part of a sophisticated people-smuggling scam.

Junhua Yu, 24, who was studying for an MA in architecture at Darwin College, posed as a series of different Chinese nationals using fake passports.

After Yu passed the exams on their behalf, the bogus students would be granted student visas allowing them to remain in the UK.

Police, acting on a tip-off, arrested Yu after he sat an English language examination at the City of Norwich School using a fake passport.

Officers later discovered a shoebox containing six counterfeit Chinese passports hidden in Yu’s wardrobe.

He was jailed for one year after admitting possessing an identification document with improper intention and conspiracy to facilitate the commission of a breach of UK immigration law.

Charles Myatt, prosecuting, told Cambridge Crown Court: ‘Police were called to the City of Norwich School after suspicions were raised about an examinee sitting an English examination for Chinese nationals.

‘After the exam had finished, police approached Yu and asked him if he had just sat the exam on behalf of someone else. He replied ‘yes’.’

Defending, Michael Duffy, claimed Yu was not the main organiser of the scam.

He told the court: ‘He was sent a link on the internet offering him cash to sit these exams.

‘He was short of money and rather foolishly succumbed to temptation. It’s fair to say his entire studies have pretty much been wasted now.’ Source: Daily Mail.

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