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4 charged with fraud in injury scam case

FOUR people who hired two men, intentionally injured them and conned their employers into paying medical and workers' compensation totaling 21,000 yuan (US$3,365) were charged with fraud, prosecutors said yesterday.

The main suspect, identified as 25-year-old Xue Wei, posted "wounded wanted" notices on the Internet after three others told him in November he could make quick money.

Prosecutors said Xue was responsible for posting recruitment information while the other three were in charge of finding factories, forging IDs and monitoring the wounded.

The four hired Jiang Liang and got him a job at a factory in Jinshan District, prosecutors said. After Jiang worked for two days, the four men broke his arm in a forest and told Jiang to tell his bosses he got hurt in the factory. The four then pretended to be members of Jiang's family and asked for compensation, prosecutors said.

They received 7,000 yuan from the factory and split the money with Jiang, who is being tried in a separate case. They used the same scheme with a different man to cheat another factory out of 14,000 yuan, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors added all five were migrant workers. Jiang told prosecutors he applied for the "battered-body job" because he could earn several thousand yuan each time.

Xue was caught on November 8. The case has been transferred to court for trial.


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