A woman in Beijing accumulated nearly 1,000 license plates which she illegally rented to temporary residents in a decade long scam, Shanghai Daily reports.
Wang Xiuxia, from Tianjin, was only caught after one of her customers was involved in a hit-and-run incident and police traced the license plate, which was registered in her name.
According to Yangcheng Evening News, Beijing’s traffic bureau said Wang has applied to have all her illicit plates revoked (how noble of her, only a decade after she started the scam).
Wang was able to take advantage of the severe shortage of license plates in Beijing — only a small number of new plates are issued each month — to charge hefty fees to rent her plates. One client said he had paid her 10,000 yuan for life-long use of a plate.
Since January 2011, Beijing has issued license plates by a city-wide lottery. Over a million people enter the lottery each month, and officials in charge have been accused of rigging the results on numerous occasions.
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