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Man jailed for selling officials' phone numbers

A MAN in south China's Guangdong Province has become the country's first person to be jailed for illegally obtaining other people's private information after selling phone numbers for city officials.

Xiangzhou District People's Court in Zhuhai City sentenced Zhou Jianping to 18 months in jail and fined 2,000 yuan (US$294.12), today's Guangzhou Daily reported, citing Guangdong Province's Higher People's Court.

The seven people who bought the numbers from Zhou defrauded money from the officials' friends and families. They were jailed for between three and 11 years for fraud, with fines from 40,000 yuan to 150,000 yuan, according to the court.

Zhou launched a research company in Guangdong's capital Guangzhou City in November 2008.

In December, Lin Guiyu asked Zhou for phone numbers of 14 provincial officials.
Zhou managed to buy the numbers from online suppliers and sold 14 lists of the numbers for 1,200 yuan to 1,500 yuan each, gaining 16,000 yuan profit.

With Zhou's numbers, Lin and another six people managed to swindle 50,000 yuan from the friend of Zhuhai's vice mayor, and also conned 830,000 yuan from friends of five other city officials in Guangdong, the newspaper said.


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