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Civil service exam failure turned to burglary

A JOBLESS Fudan University graduate who became a burglar to keep up the pretence to his wife that he had a well-paid job was jailed yesterday.

The 30-year-old, surnamed Zheng, was sentenced to five and a half years for stealing property worth 300,000 yuan (US$49,230), Jinshan District People’s Procuratorate said yesterday.

The court heard that Zheng had been unemployed since graduating in 2006 and had failed the annual civil service examination seven times.

He had turned down a postgraduate recommendation from Fudan as he was bent on being a civil servant.

A civil service career is coveted by many Chinese graduates as it usually ensures government-covered health care, subsidized housing, a good pension and only a slim chance of being made redundant.

In 2009, Zheng married, telling his wife that he was an computer programmer with a monthly salary of up to 20,000 yuan (US$3,280).

To keep up this lie, he borrowed from relatives. When his debts exceeded 200,000 yuan, Zheng turned to crime, prosecutors said.

Between January and April he committed 16 burglaries in a residential community in Jinshan District where he had once lived and knew well, the court heard.

Zheng’s haul included cash, jewelry, laptops and cameras.

The court heard that Zheng targeted apartments which were not covered by surveillance cameras or would turn the camera away in advance.

Zheng was held in his house in Xuhui District by police on April 28 and items seized.

He has partly reimbursed victims, prosecutors said.



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