Po­lice bust largest gang that sells cheat de­vice over­seas

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Po­lice in Cen­tral China’s Hubei Prov­ince have cracked down on the coun­try’s largest gang deal­ing in wire­less ex­am­i­na­tion cheat­ing de­vices, some of which have been trans­ported to South­east Asian coun­tries.

Ac­cord­ing to the China Youth Daily re­port, po­lice of­fi­cers in Gucheng county, Hubei Prov­ince have con­fis­cated over 6,000 com­po­nents of wire­less ex­am­i­na­tion cheat­ing de­vices in­clud­ing ejec­tors, ac­cep­tors and ear­phones.

Po­lice told the re­porter that the de­vices man­u­fac­tured by the gang ac­counted for 60 per­cent of China’s mar­ket and have been sold to coun­tries such as Thai­land and Myan­mar.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions found that the cheat­ing de­vices, which had been used in grad­u­ate en­trance ex­ams, ju­di­cial ex­ams and other vo­ca­tional cer­tifi­cate tests across the coun­try, were man­u­fac­tured in an elec­tron­ics fac­tory in Shen­zhen, South China’s Guang­dong Prov­ince.

The fac­tory dis­trib­uted the de­vices to agents in other prov­inces, which then sold them to train­ing cen­ters or stu­dents.

The fac­tory’s owner sur­named Li, 47, who used to be a jour­nal­ist in Tian­jin, con­fessed that he de­cided to quit his job and start the busi­ness af­ter rec­og­niz­ing that the tech­nol­ogy of the de­vice was sim­ple but prof­itable.

“An ejec­tor, which costs 1,500 yuan ($225), was sold for 2,200 yuan while an ac­cep­tor, which costs 70 yuan, was sold for 150 yuan,” po­lice of­fi­cer Jiang Daomin told the re­porter. “They can trans­mit and ac­cept mes­sages wire­lessly within 2 to 3 kilo­me­ters.”

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, Li’s fac­tory owned five pro­duc­tion lines and could earn 30 mil­lion yuan an­nu­ally. He had been in­vest­ing more in new tech­nol­ogy for his de­vice and the con­cealed ear­phone the fac­tory pro­duced was very hard to spot.

Li had been sen­tenced to one year and seven months in jail in 2014 for the crime of il­le­gal sale of spe­cial equip­ment for es­pi­onage.

Cur­rently, a to­tal of 276 sus­pects, five man­u­fac­tures, 58 agents and eight train­ing cen­ters are un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the case, said the po­lice.

China’s crim­i­nal law stip­u­lates that or­ga­niz­ing or help­ing or­ga­nize exam cheat­ing, pro­vid­ing test ques­tions and an­swers, as well as sur­ro­gat­ing ex­ams for oth­ers, are deemed as a crime.

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