Chinese Farmers Impersonate UN Personnel for Years: Report
CRIENGLISH.com Web Editor: Xu Fei
|A Hunan-based farmer who disguised himself as a UN official and demanded the release of a prisoner has recently come into the spotlight. However, the Beijing News reported on Wednesday that the farmer had been impersonating UN personnel for years.
The article said that, as early as four years ago, Zhejiang-based farmer, Yu Sigao, set up a fake headquarters he claimed was for UN peace-keeping forces. After some time, Yu and his subordinates were discovered as frauds.
The group reportedly deposited counterfeit money into banks, justified train journeys without paying for tickets and, eventually, tried to use their fabricated credentials to free a detained prisoner.
Wu Tingbiao, a native of central China's Hunan Province, is a member of this fake UN organization. He and another farmer, Lin Shuxiang, came to a detention house located in Yueyang, a city in Hunan province, in mid May, demanding the release of a prisoner named Lin Guochang.
In order to convince the guard of his fake identity, Wu presented a special pass that he claimed was issued by the fake peace-keeping headquarters and a "work permit on maintaining world peace" to the guard on duty, named Yang Haibo. Wu also showed pictures of himself with world leaders like Deng Xiaoping and Hu Jintao to Yang. However, the pictures reportedly looked as though they were fabricated using photo-editing software.
Several local police officers arrived at the detention house, which led to the exposure of Wu's true identity. He and Lin are actually two farmers in Huayuan County, Hunan Province. The prisoner they ask for release is Lin Guochang, who is Lin Shuxiang's cousin and has been sentenced to 15 years in prison due to illegal fund-raising activities.
Both Wu and Lin have nothing to do with the United Nations, as shown by investigation results. They were detained by police 10 days and six days respectively for fraud.
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