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Workers compensation scammer gets jailed

A 19-year-old Jiangsu Province man has been sentenced to nine months' jail for deliberately getting injured outside the workplace to get workers compensation.

The man, surnamed Peng, surrendered to police because he said it was not worth getting hurt to cheat others.

One of Peng's accomplices, surnamed Xue, got 15 months' jail while 10 other members of the gang are still at large.

Jiading District People's Court judges said those who get injured in such cases were usually young people while older gang members pretend to be relatives to argue for compensation.

Peng was recruited late last year. The gang members broke his left arm and he took a job at a hardware company.

On January 3, Peng pretended to fall at work and break his arm. Gang members claiming to be relatives demanded compensation and got 14,000 yuan (US$2,050).

Peng then got a job at a machine factory and had his right arm broken. He pretended to fall and hurt his arm. The gang got 2,600 yuan.

When Peng tried the swindle again with another company, his injury was found to be old.


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