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Police are investigating Gong Aiai, former deputy chief of Shenmu Rural Commercial Bank, after a whistleblower revealed she held four hukou, which she used to buy more than 20 properties in Beijing, worth over one billion yuan.
Police in Shenmu county, Shaanxi province, canceled a fake ID card of Gong’s on Saturday. They said Gong registered it in neighboring Shanxi province in 2006 by using her real photo, but under a different name, Gong Xianxia, and a different birth date.
The chief of the police station and the officer who handled Gong’s application in Linxian county, Shanxi province, were suspended, pending further investigation.
Gong has been dubbed ‘Older House Sister’ by Chinese netizens, and her case has attracted substantial criticism both online and in state media. By law, only Beijing residents are allowed to buy property in the capital and even they are restricted to holding no more than two properties at any time.
Along with “Older House Sister”, there is also a “Younger House Sister” – a young woman in Henan province whose well-connected family acquired 31 properties using multiple identities – and an “Uncle House”, a Guangdong housing official sacked last year after being found to own 22 properties.
Xinhua discovered that fake or illegitimate hukou are about as easy to buy in Beijing as Chinese visas are to buy in Hong Kong.
A Xinhua reporter found by investigation that a fake hukou can be bought for between 30,000 yuan and 50,000 at a grass-roots police station in a county of northeast China’s Jilin Province.
“What do I need to prepare to get an extra hukou?” the reporter asked, pretending to be interested in buying one.
“Only a photo is needed, a different one from the one on your current ID card,” a policeman replied, adding it took about one month to finish all procedures.
In fact, it was found that the new hukou is not even “fake,” as all the documents and procedures are exactly the same as those used to get a legitimate one.
The policeman said their “business” has been thriving in recent years.