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Teacher suspended for alleged role in ID theft

A HIGH school teacher in central China has been suspended for his alleged involvement in the "second identity theft for university enrollment case" in the past few weeks.

Deng Jinchuan was suspected of helping his nephew Zheng Fei get into university by stealing his student Wang Junliang's identity and college acceptance letter in 2002, Guangzhou Daily reported yesterday.

Deng intercepted the acceptance letter issued by Yangtze University for Wang and gave it to Zheng's father so his son could enter the university, Wuhan Evening News reported previously.

Wang's high school in Xiaochang County, Hubei Province, reportedly allowed teachers of senior 3 students to take college acceptance letters for their students.

Zheng, a senior 2 student at the time, skipped senior 2 to pose as Wang and later completed his courses at Yangtze University in Hubei's Jingzhou City in 2006.

Wang, now a postgraduate student at Guangzhou-based South China Agricultural University, took the national college entrance exam again in 2003 after failing to receive the acceptance letter from Yangtze University. He was enrolled by another college, where he went on to earn a bachelor's degree.

Wang never encountered any problems until he had trouble applying for a credit card last year. He then discovered someone had swiped his identity and attended Yangtze University under his name.

In the Wuhan Evening News report, Zheng's father apologized to Wang and said he was willing to pay compensation.

Since the story generated national attention, both Zheng and his father have been unreachable.

In another case in Hubei Province, official Wang Zhengrong has been held on suspicion of forging official documents, certificates and seals to help his daughter pose as another woman to enter university.


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