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New case of ID theft vexes man in Hubei

HUBEI education authorities began an investigation yesterday into reports that someone stole the identity of a student from the province to gain admission to college - China's second such case in the past few weeks.

For Wang Junliang, now a postgraduate student at Guangzhou-based South China Agricultural University, the trouble began when he failed to receive an acceptance letter from Hubei's Yangtze University when he applied in 2002 even though his test scores were well within the required range, the Wuhan Evening News reported.

Wang took the national college entrance exam again the next year, and this time he was enrolled by another college, where he went on to earn a bachelor's degree.

His next bout of trouble came when he applied for an identity card in 2007 while he was studying in Hubei's Enshi. Police there told him someone else had filed the same personal data and ID number. But he later received his identity document from the police station in his hometown and decided the problem had been resolved.

Credit denied

But the situation took a turn for the worse when he applied for a credit card last year and was turned down - and that's when he discovered that someone had swiped his identity and attended Yangtze University under his name.

The newspaper identified the imposter as a young man named Zheng, who had been an 11th-grade student at Wang's former high school. Zheng's father was reportedly a close friend of a teacher surnamed Deng, who was in charge of the grade.

Deng told the newspaper he called Zheng's father when he received Wang's acceptance letter and gave him the opportunity for his son to replace Wang at the university. Zheng then posed as Wang and completed his college courses in 2006, the paper said.

Zheng's father has since apologized to Wang, according to the report.

The other recent case involved an official in Hunan Province who was detained for allegedly helping his daughter steal a classmate's identity to get into university.

The official, Wang Zhengrong, was held on suspicion of forging official documents, certificates and seals.

His daughter, Wang Jiajun, who posed as another woman from 2004 onward, has disappeared.


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