China Police Official in Hot Seat, Used Fake IDs to Buy 192 Homes

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By Esther Tanquintic-Misa | February 6, 2013 3:07 PM EST

A local senior police official in China is now in the hot seat after a businessman multi-millionaire disclosed the police officer was able to buy 192 houses using fake IDs.

Zhao Haibin, a senior police official in Lufeng in the southern province of Guangdong, admitted to the offense that he indeed used another ID, but that the properties were not his and were rather owned by his brother.

Investigations have confirmed Zhao held double IDs, one registered in Donghai Town, Lufeng City and the other other in Xiangzhou District, Zhuhai City in the name of 'Zhao Yong,' which he said he uses for "commercial purposes."

It was businessman Huang Kunyi who blew the whistle on Zhao's corrupt practices, who incidentally has a rift off with the senior policeman.

According to local media, Zhao began to do businesses in the early 1990s, working as a deputy general manager of a security guard company while retaining his "organization relations" at the Lufeng City Public Security Bureau. It was during this period that he applied for a second ID.

The close to 200 houses were scattered in Lufeng, Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Huizhou. All were listed either in Zhao's name, under his company, or 'Zhao Yong.'

But Zhao said he only helped in supervising the properties, and that its developments were done by his brother, also a businessman, and his brother's partners. All property development had been sold.

"The party committee in Lufeng has already set up a task force to look into Zhao's case," Huang Xianjia, the deputy of Lufeng's Communist Party propaganda department, said. Lufeng disciplinary authorities likewise said they revoked Zhao's second ID.

Chinese nationals immediately took to the internet to express their disgust.

"(I) finally realized that in China, properties are forever in the hands of a tiny number of people," a user of China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo, said.

However, as of Tuesday, Zhao still maintains his posts as member of the CPC committee of Lufeng City's Public Security Bureau as well as deputy Party chief of another local town.

"Up to this moment, the local disciplinary department can find no evidence that Zhao has made use of his second identity card to do anything in violation of party discipline or the law of the country. He is for the time being still in his original capacity," Xinhua quoted on Tuesday an unidentified official with the party's anti-corruption watchdog in Lufeng.

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