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Woman's identity theft claim denied

A WOMAN'S claim that a family member had stolen her identity and been working as a nurse in her name for 11 years was denied after an investigation by the government of an east China county.

The woman, a medical college graduate, became a street vendor after she couldn't get a job in her field, today's Shanghai Morning Post reported.

Wu Weirong, 36, a native of Yutai County of Shandong Province's Jining City, asked relative Wu Rusheng to help her find a medical job in her hometown when she graduated from Hubei University of Chinese Medicine in 1996. Wu Rusheng was chief of the surgery department at Yutai County People's Hospital at the time.

Around the end of 1998, Wu Rusheng told Wu Weirong he was unable to find her a job. She eventually followed her husband to Jinan, Shandong's provincial capital, to make a living.

After repeated failures to find a job there, Wu Weirong started selling fried snacks on the roadside.

It was not until this May, when she returned to her hometown to consult about pension issues due to her unemployment, that she was told her personnel record showed she had been working for 11 years at Yutai County No. 2 People's Hospital, the report said.

She was shocked. She checked with the county's personnel bureau and found the ID picture on her personal record had been replaced by that of Wu Lili, Wu Rusheng's daughter.

She called Wu Rusheng, who confirmed he had "modified" her personal record.

It was later found that Wu Lili used Wu Weirong's identity to get a job at the hospital in 1998 after graduating from a medical school in Jinin. In 2003, Wu Lili used Wu Weirong's identity to get a job at county's traditional Chinese medicine hospital.

But she had never worked in either hospital. Instead, she had been working at Yutai County People's Hospital, where her father worked, for 11 years with her own identity.

Yutai County People's Hospital refused to show Wu Lili's personal record to Shanghai Morning Post, the report said.

The Yutai government launched an investigation into the case and confirmed Wu Rusheng had modified Wu Weirong's record, but denied the theft claim.

Wu Weirong has lodged a lawsuit against Wu Rusheng, Wu Lili, Yutai County No.2 Hospital and Yutai County Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital, seeking 500,000 yuan (US$73,197) compensation for psychological anguish and 300,000 yuan for financial aid.

A local court will hear the case in one month, she told Shanghai Morning Post.

"I missed out on the prime period of my career these past 11 years," she was quoted as saying. "It will never come around again."

Wu Rusheng told the newspaper he had much to explain about the issue, but didn't elaborate.


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