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Man arrested for selling diplomas
Latest Updated by 2006-11-22 10:05:58
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A man was nabbed last month for allegedly selling genuine diplomas of reputed Chinese universities, the municipal public security bureau said Monday.

Unlike the fake diplomas found in previous cases, all certificates being peddled by the suspect are real and their serial numbers have been registered in the Ministry of Education's database, which provides registration information to help the public identify fake diplomas.

"Experts from local job center also confirmed these certificates are authentic, and the universities involved have records of individual certificates that are traded by the suspect," said a spokesman for the bureau.

The diplomas, costing between 10,000 (US$1,250) and 20,000 yuan, have been issued by reputed universities like China University of Geosciences, China University of Petroleum, Jilin University and Hubei University of Technology.

The suspect, Wang Xi, who was posing as an employee of Guangxi Normal University, has been detained, while another suspect surnamed Deng managed to escape.

Police have found nearly 300 e-mails in Deng's computer containing important information like contact details.

"According to these e-mails, the diplomas came from universities' staff, who created a fake file in both university and the Ministry of Education's database, and issued an authentic certificate for those who have never been to the college," said the spokesman.

"Suspects can register student files for purchases, and even provide testimonials issued by local job centers for each degree certificate," the spokesman told the Shenzhen Daily.

The police were tipped off by an informer who called himself "Li Lei." Li told the police that the suspects posted contact numbers on an online bulletin board, promising to provide real university degree certificates without any examination or training.

"They told me to pay 3,000 yuan in deposit first, and then pay the rest after receiving the certificate. I was guaranteed a full refund if the certificate was determined to be a fake one by local job centers," Li said.

However, all the universities involved denied they had sold diplomas to the suspects.

Wu Taishan, dean of the adult education center of China University of Geosciences' branch campus in Wuhan, said the college was investigating the incidence.

Editor: Donald

By: Source: Szdaily web edition
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