Man gets married 23 times in one month to scam government


Eleven members of a family in eastern Chinas Zhejiang province went through 23 sham marriages and divorces in less than a month in an attempt to take advantage of an urban renewal projects compensation scheme for residents.

The office overseeing an urban village renovation project in the city of Lishui reported the case to the local police, saying the family of a patriarch surnamed Pan had been gaming the projects proposed compensation scheme through an excessive number of marriages and divorces over a period of just two weeks.

According to the compensation policy, people living in the village slated for renovation even those who were not property owners would be given minimum compensation of one 40-square-meter apartment as long as their household registration, or hukou, had been filed within the village by April 10.

In early March, Pan began making frequent visits to the local civil affairs office. First, he divorced his wife and married his sister-in-law, thereby making her eligible for local hukou registration. Once this administrative hurdle was cleared, he divorced her and repeated the process with another sister-in-law. At the same time, several other members of the family were following Pans lead.

When interrogated by police, Pans father who had been party to the sham marriages and divorces himself said he had assumed the familys actions were legitimate since they had not violated Chinas marriage law. In doing this, we were just trying to get more compensation, the elder Pan reportedly told police.

However, Liu Chen, the police officer leading the investigation, said the familys actions are without a doubt illegal. Faking marriages and divorces to transfer hukou and illegally acquire more relocation compensation constitutes the crime of fraud.

According to Tan Kai, chief marriage lawyer at Beijing Yingke Law Firm, just because a person is following one law doesnt mean theyre not breaking another. The family used a legal avenue to achieve an illegal end, Tan said. The marriage law doesnt forbid marriages and divorces but in this case, the family used marriages and divorces as a means of committing fraud. While they didnt violate the marriage law, they acted against the criminal law.

Four members of the family have been detained, while the seven other suspects have been released on bail pending trial.

Such loophole-seeking behavior is not uncommon in China, where urban real estate markets have become inflated to the extent that even modest apartments can be worth millions of yuan. Clients I worked with mostly did so (faking divorces) to qualify for buying a third or fourth residence, said Shi Fulong, a Changsha-based divorce lawyer.

To cool down the real estate market, many cities across the country have limited each household to a maximum of two apartments. Other notable policies allow potential homebuyers who dont already own property to make much lower down payments in Shanghai, 35% for the first property as opposed to 70% for the second as well as enjoy lower tax and mortgage rates.

It is no coincidence that fake divorces abound in Chinas big cities, where the real-estate market continues to grow and strengthen, Shi said. The preponderance of fake divorces in any given city indicates the failure of real estate policy at the local level.

What do you think of this story? Let us know in the comments below! 

Source: http://www.globaltimes.cn

Editor's Picks

  • More and more Chinese women seek foreign husbands

  • Top 10 Common Differences Between Western and Chinese Culture

  • White guy hilariously imitates Chinese girls in 4-minute clip

  • 18 pictures that prove autocorrect is ruining our lives

  • English gone wrong, horribly wrong, on shirts in China

  • 24 awesome Chinglish signs

  • Top 100 usefull Chinese phrases

  • Xi'an university implements absurd female urinals to save water

Buy 15 English picture books at 29 RMB

Each package contains 15 books which is initally priced at 299 RMB, anybody who is follower of our WeChat official account is entitled to purchasing this book at 29 RMB only (shipping fee included within mainland China). 

How to Buy:

Option 1: Buy at our Weidian () Panda Guides: Long press the following QR-code

Option 2: please add WeChat: 18115908753 or long press the following QR-code, and send request of "buy book"

Option 3: Buy online at the website of  PandaPayless.com.


Subscribe by Email

Follow Updates Articles from This Blog via Email

No Comments