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Identity thief has diploma revoked

AN official's daughter in central China who stole her classmate's identity to get into university has had her diploma certificate and teaching license revoked.

Her parents are under investigation while a joint task force by the provincial public security department and the local authority has been set up, The Beijing Times reported yesterday.

The girl's father, Wang Zhengrong, once served as commissar of police in Shaoyang City, Hunan Province. He is suspected of taking advantage of his duty to oversee people's identity and permanent residence registration in order to fake documents so that his daughter, Wang Jiajun, could enrol in university despite not being offered a place because her grades weren't good enough.

Wang Zhengrong's younger brother was an official at Shaoyang's educational bureau, according to the report.

The task force declined to disclose details about the investigation, but said they would find and published the truth as soon as possible.

Wang Jiajun cannot be found, according to the newspaper.

A lawyer representing the victim, Luo Caixia, said his client has decided to file a lawsuit demanding compensation of 130,000 yuan (US$19,059) and had listed seven defendants including Wang Jiajun, her parents, Luo's high school in Shao°?yang and Guizhou Normal University - where Wang Jiajun spent four years using Luo's identity.

The scheme was not uncovered until Luo had trouble applying for online banking services and was told her identity had already been used by another girl.

Luo also had problems getting her teaching license, bachelor's degree and graduation certificate for the same reason. Wang Jiajun was granted a bachelor's degree as well as a teaching license last year, though they have now been revoked.


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