Guangdong's 'grandpa of property' accused of entering Hong Kong on fake ID

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 June, 2013, 12:18pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 June, 2013, 11:33pm

Guangdong police have launched a criminal investigation into a former senior police officer, dubbed the "grandpa of property", who is accused of entering Hong Kong 333 times with a false identity and illegally owning 192 homes. 

Zhao Haibin has been accused of violating multiple party discipline codes, and officials at the Lufeng municipal disciplinary committee said his case had been handed over to nearby Shanwei police, officials said at a news conference on Tuesday, according to Beijing Times on Wednesday.

Zhao, a Communist Party official at Lufeng city’s public security organ, was sacked in early February after reports emerged that he amassed flats and owned a fake identity card (hukou). He has been detained by the party disciplinary authority, which had investigated Zhao until last month.

Disciplinary deputy secretary Zhong Wenguan revealed on Tuesday that Zhao had entered Hong Kong with a false identity 333 times between 1999 and 2010. Among these visits, he reported only six of them to the authority in an attempt to avoid supervision, Zhong said.

The disciplinary official also said Zhao had been engaging in business deals with a fake identity until last year, despite a government file issued in 1997 that forbade party officials from business dealings.

Responding to allegations over illegal properties, Zhong said the flats were built by a construction company Zhao owned but he had transferred them to another businessman several years ago.

Zhong disclosed that Zhao's construction company was worth more than 24 million yuan (HK$30 million), but said he would leave it to Shanwei municipal police to investigate the source of the money and whether it was legitmate.