According to this article, a Chinese woman has managed to enter Japan illegally by having plastic surgery to alter her fingerprints. From the article:
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.
At around $15,000 the price doesn’t feel that high when compared to the potential for being caught for a serious crime. Perhaps fingerprint-based biometric scanning is dead?