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Father in ID-fraud case is detained

AN official in a central China town has been detained for allegedly helping his daughter steal her classmate's identity to get into university, said a joint task force working on the case yesterday.

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

His daughter Wang Jiajun, who posed as Luo Caixia, the victim, from 2004, 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 Her diploma and teaching license have also been revoked by Guizhou Normal University.

Wang Jiajun was reported to be an open-minded woman and never disobeyed her parents. She was reported to follow her parents' instructions on the ID-theft case.

Luo has expressed her sympathy to Wang Jiajun. "She faces more pressures than I do," she told Xinhua news agency. "I always believed she was reluctant to assume my identity."

However, Luo also insisted that she get her identity back. "I couldn't accept a life without a past, even if I was granted another legal identity."

Luo said in her blog she did not hate Wang Jiajun. Luo has tried to take her identity back in various legal ways, but her attempts to file a lawsuit at a Tianjin court were rejected.

Luo's lawyer said his client this time planned to file a lawsuit at the same court demanding compensation of 130,000 yuan (US$19,050) and had listed seven defendants including Wang Jiajun, her parents, Luo's high school in Shaoyang and Guizhou Normal University - where Wang Jiajun spent four years using Luo's identity.

Zhang Wendi, class advisor to both girls when they were in high school, was also under investigation for allegedly facilitating the ID theft.

Media reports last week said Wang Zhengrong had stolen the identity of Luo, a classmate of his daughter's, in order to acquire a university admission letter for her.

Wang Zhengrong was the head of a township government in Shaodong County when he allegedly committed the ID theft in 2004.


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