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Man jailed 22 months for stealing from homeowner

A man was sentenced to 22 months in jail after he stole more than 20,000 yuan (US$3,222) from a homeowner by guessing his bank account password and forging a temporary identity card, Jiading District People's Court said today.

The man, surnamed Fan, was also ordered to return the stolen money to the victim, the court said.

According to the court, Fan contacted the homeowner, surnamed Wei, and asked to rent his house in June after he saw Wei's post on a famous accommodation website. The two sides soon reached agreement on rent and other details. Wei gave Fan his bankcard number and a copy of his identity card, asking him to transfer the rent money to his account.

About a month later Wei found some 20,000 yuan had been taken from the account and that the cellphone number linked to it had been changed.

Police arrested Fan on August 5. He told officers that he had guessed Wei's password and forged a temporary identity card in Wei’s name. He then used the fake card to change the cellphone number linked to Wei’s account to his phone number.

With the cellphone number changed, Wei did not receive text messages from the bank about withdrawals from the account.

Fan made five withdrawals totaling 15,000 yuan from the account and spent another 6,000 yuan on online purchases, the court said.


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