CHANGSHA, May 11 (Xinhua) -- Police detained a former Hunan Province
official after allegations that he helped his daughter enter a university by
stealing the identity of her classmate, a joint investigation team said Monday
Wang Zhengrong was detained on suspicion of forging official documents,
certificates and seals, according to the team of officials from the
disciplinary, police and education authorities in the central province.
Media reports last week said Wang had stolen the identity of Luo Caixia, a
classmate of his daughter Wang Jiajun, and acquired a university admission
letter for his daughter.
Zhang Wendi, class advisor to both girls when they were in high school, was
also under investigation for allegedly facilitating the ID theft.
Wang Zhengrong was the head of a township government in Shaodong County
when he allegedly committed the ID theft in 2004.
Subsequently, he served as commissar in the public security bureau of
neighboring Longhui County. However, he received a three-year sentence with a
five-year reprieve for bribery in 2008.
Entering college under a false identity is not easy. In this case, it
involved getting a new ID for the daughter at the local public security bureau,
fabricating files at the local education authority and intercepting an admission
letter from Guizhou Normal University sent to Luo Caixia, who had not actually
sought admission to the school in 2004.
Wang Jiajun's degree has been revoked by Guizhou Normal University.
The case was a gross violation of social justice and fairness, which was
why people cared so much about it, said Liu Wanyong, the reporter at China Youth
Daily who first reported the case a week ago.