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12 jailed after cheating tale that began in a police exam

TWELVE people in the eastern province of Shandong have been jailed between six months and a year for cheating in the provincial civil servant recruitment exam on March 15, the provincial capital Jinan-based Qilu Evening News reported yesterday.

The Chengyang District People's Court in Shandong's Qingdao City found the 12 defendants guilty of illegally acquiring state secrets as the test content was listed as classified.

Questions from the 2009 exam were discovered online only half an hour after the beginning of the test on March 15.

The provincial personnel department called police on March 18.

Police found the questions had been uploaded from an Internet cafe in Qingdao's Chengyang District and seized a suspect surnamed Jia on March 22.

After Jia confessed, police held others from different provinces on suspicion of leaking the information.

Police found the scheme had begun after an examinee's attempt to cheat during a police recruitment exam.

The examinee, who was identified by his surname Liu, sought help from Tao. Tao invited Wei to join their scheme. Wei then contacted Xu about buying the equipment needed.

Tao, Wei and Liu paid Xu 10,000 yuan (US$1,460) on March 13 for a spy camcorder and receiver.

They told Xu they would try out the equipment in a police recruitment exam on March 14. Liu sent the questions to Tao during the exam and received answers from Wei.

Tao then promised to help Song in the civil servant recruitment exam the next day.

Liu, who also attended the exam, sent the questions to Tao. Wei answered the questions and sent them back to Liu and Song.

Tao and Wei were paid 15,000 yuan.

The court sentenced Wei to one year and Tao to eight months.

Song and Xu were jailed for six months while another eight people who were involved, including Liu, received sentences between seven months and a year.


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