Law against ID theft tied to col­lege ‘nec­es­sary’

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By CAO YIN caoyin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A re­cent scan­dal in which two in­di­vid­u­als in Shan­dong prov­ince have been ac­cused of steal­ing other peo­ple’s iden­ti­ties and test scores to get into uni­ver­si­ties has shocked the na­tion and prompted na­tional leg­is­la­tors to pro­pose adding a new crime to the coun­try’s Crim­i­nal Law.

They said it is “nec­es­sary” and “ur­gent” to make it clear that iden­tity theft is a crime, given its harm to so­ci­ety and jus­tice.

Dis­ci­pline au­thor­i­ties in Shan­dong on Monday night re­leased the in­ves­tiga­tive re­port on two high­pro­file cases in which two res­i­dents in Liaocheng city al­legedly stole the iden­ti­ties and scores of two stu­dents to en­roll in col­lege.

One case oc­curred in 1996 and the other in 2004. The two vic­tims had no idea that their iden­ti­ties had been stolen and thus lost the chance to ob­tain higher ed­u­ca­tion. A to­tal of 46 peo­ple were held ac­count­able in the two cases, and the prov­ince is in­ves­ti­gat­ing some sim­i­lar cases from 1999 to 2006, it said.

How­ever, the pun­ish­ments, in­clud­ing be­ing ex­pelled from the Com­mu­nist Party of China, be­ing re­moved from work posts or hav­ing diplo­mas re­scinded, are far from enough, ac­cord­ing to na­tional leg­is­la­tors.

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