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December 25, 2009

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Telecom fraudster's court plea

A LOCAL court yesterday heard an appeal from a man who used a loophole in China Telecom's billing system to defraud the company of 820,000 yuan (US$120,000) in telecommunication fees.

Qing Yichen, 25, a Yunnan Province native, argued that his six-year sentence was too severe since he was just an accessory in the case and the kickbacks he got from the scheme weren't much. The principal criminal is still at large.

In the first trial, Pudong New Area People's Court decided Qing committed larceny by continually dialling an international number and producing huge bills to take advantage of China Telecom's one-day delay in recording billings.

Court officials wouldn't reveal how the scheme worked for fear of it being repeated.

Qing earned 43,852 yuan, the Pudong court found, from a man he met on the Internet and who paid him to dial a number in Switzerland.

Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People's Court didn't announce a verdict yesterday.


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