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ID-stealing cop gets four years

A police officer who helped his daughter get into university by stealing her classmate's identity was sentenced to two years' jail by a court in central China's Hunan Province.

The Beita District People's Court increased Wang Zhengrong's sentence to four years as he was on a five-year reprieve for a three-year prison sentence for taking bribes in 2007, according to the Website of China's Supreme People's Court.

Wang forged a whole set of official documents and identity papers for his daughter Wang Jiajun who failed to get any admission offers from the national college entrance examination in 2004.

Wang Jia Jun then posed as her classmate Luo Caixia, applied to Guizhou Normal University with Luo's ID card number, intercepted the admission letter and enrolled that year.

Unaware, Luo entered Tianjin Normal University a year later after again taking the annual exam.

Luo did not find out about the ID theft until March 2009 when she applied for an internet bank account. She then found herself unable to get her diploma and teaching license because of the theft.

Luo reported the theft to police and the media. China's Ministry of Education vowed severe penalties in the case.

Wang Jiajun was dismissed by her employer after the scandal was uncovered. Her diploma and teaching license have been revoked, according to an earlier report.

Zhang Wendi, class adviser to both Wang Jiajun and Luo at their former high school in Shaodong County, and Yao Liangsheng, a local police station chief, were both demoted for helping with the ID theft.


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