Air­line work­ers ac­cused of col­lud­ing with fugi­tive Guo

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - XIN­HUA

BEI­JING — Fugi­tive Guo Wen­gui is sus­pected of col­lud­ing with air traf­fic con­trol and Hainan Air­lines staff to ob­tain pas­sen­gers’ per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, ac­cord­ing to Chi­nese po­lice. Guo, who is listed on the In­ter­pol “red no­tice” of wanted fugi­tives, is also sus­pected of fab­ri­cat­ing and dis­tort­ing in­for­ma­tion to mis­lead the public, po­lice said, cit­ing a case of per­sonal in­for­ma­tion in­fringe­ment in­volv­ing Guo.

Song Jun, 47, who had worked for civil avi­a­tion air traf­fic con­trol for more than 20 years, and Ma Cong, from Hainan Air­lines, were ar­rested by po­lice last month for sus­pected per­sonal in­for­ma­tion in­fringe­ments in this case.

“(Guo) be­trays any­one for money, in­clud­ing the coun­try and his loved ones,” said Song, adding that his deal­ings with Guo have ru­ined his fam­ily.

Song first met Guo in 2009. In Au­gust 2015, Guo asked Song to pro­vide flight in­for­ma­tion of sev­eral busi­ness pas­sen­gers.

“Guo, who had fled over­seas at the time, said that he would like to bet­ter un­der­stand China’s eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion through the travel in­for­ma­tion of en­trepreneurs,” Song said.

“He promised to help me em­i­grate to Bri­tain, pur­chase a house, and look af­ter my daugh­ter, who was study­ing there,” Song said.

Guo also at­tempted to col­lect per­sonal in­for­ma­tion of po­lit­i­cal fig­ures and celebri­ties from the Mid­dle East and the United States, as well as their rel­a­tives, Song said.

From De­cem­ber 2015 to March 2017, Song and Ma shared 561 pieces of flight in­for­ma­tion con­cern­ing 146 Hainan Air­lines pas­sen­gers with Guo, po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion showed.

Guo then fab­ri­cated sto­ries us­ing the flight in­for­ma­tion, claim­ing that the in­for­ma­tion had been pro­vided by Ma Jian, for­mer vice-min­is­ter of state se­cu­rity, po­lice said.

“Guo cre­ated sto­ries of love af­fairs be­tween men and women who trav­eled on the same flight,” Song said.

Po­lice found Guo had re­leased such sto­ries via over­seas me­dia out­lets and on­line video plat­forms.

Last month, a Chi­nese court ruled that Guo, who con­trolled Bei­jing Pangu In­vest­ment Co Ltd, had di­rected three in­di­vid­u­als to ap­ply for loans from banks us­ing fake con­tracts, stamps and fi­nan­cial state­ments.

The three have re­ceived prison terms for fraud­u­lently ob­tain­ing loans and for­eign ex­change.

Kaifeng peo­ple’s procu­ra­torate in He­nan prov­ince is also pros­e­cut­ing Guo’s He­nan Yuda Real Es­tate Co and its em­ploy­ees on charges in­clud­ing fraud­u­lent loans.

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