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Families lie about income to get cheap homes

ONE-THIRD of families applying for government-sponsored low-rent homes in the past six months have lied about their income, an investigation by Shanghai's housing authority has revealed.

Of the 4,162 families found to have under-reported their income, 109 owned private cars, with some driving luxury sedans such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz, Wei Qing, dean of Shanghai Residents' Economic Status Checking Center, told today's Oriental Morning Post.

Another 701 families were found to have conspired with their employers to hand in fake income reports, he added.

All the dishonest families agreed to suspend their applications for cheap housing.

The city's low-rent home policy had sheltered 61,500 families by the end of November.


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