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700 people found cheating pension application

MORE than 700 people faked their personal records to qualify for a special pension, Heilongjiang Province Forestry Industry Bureau in northeast China found after reviewing applications.

It dismissed earlier reports that up to 95 percent of 38,000 applicants for the program had faked or bought fake documents, today's People's Daily reported.

The bureau launched the pension last March for its laid-off workers with more than 10 years' service who were sent there between 1966 and 1978 during the "cultural revolution"(1966-1976) from their home cities.

Known as "educated youth," workers over 60 could apply for a monthly pension of 800 yuan (US$117), compared with an average monthly salary of 600 yuan to 700 yuan.

But because archives were incomplete, people who had never worked for the bureau applied for the pension – at least 700 cases detected after a review, said Jiang Hongwei, director of the bureau's labor and social security unit.

In the bureau's Yingchun unit alone, 177 of the 200 applicants were disqualified, 67-year-old worker Zheng Lianyu told China Youth Daily earlier.

One woman said she had bought a fake "educated worker" certificate for 700 yuan.


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