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Grad's odyssey to retrieve her stolen ID

A UNIVERSITY graduate is trying to reclaim her identity stolen five years ago by a classmate, the daughter of a local high ranking official in central China's Hunan Province, today's China Youth Daily reported.

The sustained identity theft has allowed the classmate to graduate and be awarded a teaching certificate in the victim's name.

The theft was discovered in early March when Luo Caijuan, a senior student at Tianjin Normal University, had an application to open an online banking account rejected.

This followed an earlier refusal of her application for a high school teacher certificate in August last year. She was told the certificate had already been issued to a university graduate in southwest China's Guizhou Province.

Her application for a university graduation certificate is now in jeopardy because the document was issued last year to another person.

Luo discovered the source of her troubles when she identified the girl in the photo on the certificate as Wang Jiajun, her classmate at Shaodong No.1 Middle School in her hometown in Shaodong County of Hunan's Shaoyang City.

She then reported the case of stolen identity to Tianjin police.

Wang's parents confessed to the police that their daughter had been enrolled by Guizhou Normal University in 2004 under the name of Luo Caijuan, police told China Youth Daily.

This was possible because an enrollment notice for Luo to Guizhou university was sent to Wang. This was where Wang started to adopt Luo's identity.

Luo then spent another year studying and took the national college enrollment exam the next year to be enrolled by Tianjin Normal University in 2005.

Wang's father, a high ranking public security bureau official, visited Luo in late March and apologized to her.

Luo rejected his suggestion that she apply for a new identification card because it would pose complications in her future life, she told China Youth Daily.

She said the Guizhou university had confirmed that Wang has filed an application to return the graduate certificate in the name of Luo.

But it remains a mystery how Luo's enrollment notice was sent to Wang.

It is unknown how Wang was enrolled in Guizhou Normal University which Luo had not applied to because her entrance scores did not qualify her for it, Luo told China Youth Daily.

Luo scored 514 in the 2004 exam while Wang achieved 335, Luo said.


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