A man who posed for years on the mainland as a police chief inspector from Hong Kong and was profiled as a crime-buster in the People's Daily has been exposed as a fraud by officers in Shenzhen. The impersonator, who called himself Man Chi-ho, had been scheduled yesterday to present the Shenzhen police force with a pennant as a thank-you gift for rescuing his kidnapped stepdaughter. When he failed to show up, police decided to find out what had happened to him. They then discovered the contact phone number he had left them was not registered and that a thank-you note he had sent earlier was written on a fake Hong Kong police letterhead. According to neighbours in his village in Jiangmen , Man did not live there but regularly visited his wife and stepdaughter. 'He was often seen carrying a pair of handcuffs in the neighbourhood, and he has even claimed he works for Interpol,' a villager said. 'No one even questioned his true identity.' Man had enjoyed some publicity in January when he was profiled in the People's Daily as 'the chief inspector from Hong Kong' who caught a rail ticket tout in Foshan . He is still at large, but it was not clear last night if Shenzhen police would pursue him. Impersonating a police officer is a crime in Hong Kong. A spokeswoman for the Hong Kong police said: 'We don't know much about this case. An officer will follow it up.' She confirmed that the force did not have an officer called Man Chi-ho. Man's lies began to unravel when his four-year-old stepdaughter was kidnapped in April. An off-duty Shenzhen police officer who was visiting his own family in the same village went on an eight-hour hunt and caught a mentally handicapped man who had taken the girl. The girl was rescued unharmed.