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22 prosecuted for posing as reporters, blackmailing
    2017-July-7  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

TWENTY-TWO people have been prosecuted for posing as reporters and blackmailing companies in North China’s Hebei Province, according to local police.

Since March last year, the group had traveled to 10 counties in Hebei, including those in the capital Shijiazhuang, Hengshui and Cangzhou with fake journalist documents they had made or bought, according to Hengshui police.

“The suspects drove around different towns looking for smoking chimneys or companies discharging sewage. Then they blackmailed the companies and threatened them with media exposure if they refused to pay,” said Ge Tao, a police officer.

The group is suspected of collecting 340,000 yuan (about US$50,000) in blackmail payouts. They also blackmailed two butcheries with no environmental irregularities and collected 2,000 yuan from them, police said. (Xinhua)

Police began the investigation after receiving information from the public last November.

 

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