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A POSTGRADUATE student from Hubei Province has been named as a second victim of identity theft over college enrolment.

Media reported recently about an official's daughter from neighboring Hunan Province who stole a high school classmate's identity to get into university.

Wang Junliang, now a postgraduate student at South China Agricultural University, did not receive an acceptance letter from Yangtze University when he applied in 2002 though his score was within the required range, Wuhan Evening News reported.

Wang Junliang prepared for the national college entrance exam the next year and was enrolled by another college. He did not know his identity had been stolen by someone else for a university course until he was turned down when he applied for a credit card last year.

He realized his identity might have been stolen. He was once told his personal files from his former high school had gone missing.

He also had trouble when he applied for an identity card in 2007 when he was studying in Hubei's Enshi. Local police told him someone else had the same personal data and ID number. But he later received his ID card from the police station in his hometown in Hubei's Xiaochang County smoothly and he didn't worry about it again.

The imposter was Zheng, a grade 11 student at Wang's former high school. Zheng's father was reportedly a close friend of Wang's form teacher surnamed Deng.

Deng told the newspaper he had called Zheng's father when he received Wang's acceptance letter and gave him the opportunity for his son to replace Wang to get into the university.

After than Zheng posed as Wang and completed his university courses in 2006. Zheng's father has offered an apology to Wang, the newspaper reported.

Yangtze University has launched an investigation into the case.

Recently an official in Hunan was detained for helping his daughter steal a classmate's identity to get into university.

Wang Zhengrong was detained on suspicion of forging official documents, certificates and seals, according to officials from the disciplinary, police and education authorities in Hunan province.

His daughter Wang Jiajun, who posed as Luo Caixia from 2004 onwards, has disappeared. Even her family says they do not know where she is.

Wang Jiajun was dismissed by her employer after the scandal was uncovered. Her diploma and teaching license have also been revoked by Guizhou Normal University.

The Ministry of Education has vowed to impose severe penalties in college-admission fraud cases.

The ministry adopted a nationwide database for college enrollments in 2005.

Now, students can apply for a college, follow the enrollment procedure and check the results on the Website Authorities and universities can double check the enrollments on line as well.


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