Au­thor­i­ties: Fugi­tive Guo fab­ri­cated ev­i­dence

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA -

Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors say that Guo Wen­gui — one of China’s most-wanted fugi­tives and the con­trol­ling share­holder of Bei­jing Pangu In­vest­ment and Bei­jing Zenith Hold­ings — know­ingly used fab­ri­cated and dis­torted in­for­ma­tion to mis­lead the pub­lic.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, Chen Xiang jun, 43, who has been un­em­ployed since ju­nior high school, and Zong Zuol­ing, 32, also cur­rently un­em­ployed, con­fessed that they of­fered fake in­for­ma­tion to Guo in ex­change for money.

Last month, cit­ing “proof ”, Guo claimed that a rel­a­tive of a high-level of­fi­cial con­trols 20 tril­lion yuan ($3 tril­lion) in as­sets at dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies.

But Guo’s so-called proof con­sisted of false busi­ness data cre­ated by Chen, who re­ceived 50,000 yuan in pay­ment, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice.

“I sent him fake in­for­ma­tion to win his trust, and he asked me to un­cover more in­for­ma­tion on rel­a­tives of se­nior of­fi­cials so that he could re­veal it over­seas,” Chen told po­lice.

Guo shared his per­sonal so­cial me­dia ac­counts on­line and promised to pay in­for­mants, the po­lice said.

Zong, who had less than 5 yuan in his bank ac­count and 90,000 yuan in credit card debt when the po­lice cap­tured him, claimed to know the sec­re­taries of se­nior of­fi­cials.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, chat records showed that Guo promised to give Zong 2 mil­lion yuan in ex­change for in­for­ma­tion about Zhang Yue, a for­mer se­nior of­fi­cial in He­bei prov­ince.

“Guo told me that he was en­gaged in anti-graft work,” the po­lice said Zong told them. “He crit­i­cized me for not giv­ing him ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion, but still re­leased the fake in­for­ma­tion I gave him.”

Guo fled China un­der the sus­pi­cion of mul­ti­ple crimes in Au­gust 2014 and is cur­rently the sub­ject of an In­ter­pol “red no­tice” for wanted fugi­tives.

WANG QIANG / FOR CHINA DAILY

Bank notes found buried in the mud are dried out in Yongji county, Jilin prov­ince, on Sun­day. More than 30,000 yuan ($4,430) was found by sol­diers who helped with flood re­lief ef­forts. The money was handed over to the county gov­ern­ment. Heavy rain on Thurs­day af­fected about 260,000 peo­ple in the county. More than 7,500 houses were dam­aged.

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