Bogus Chinese cop detained for conning public with spurious fines

Man had always wanted to be a police officer, but was rejected because he was too fat, news website reports

PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 September, 2017, 4:19pm
UPDATED : Monday, 18 September, 2017, 5:11pm

A man has been arrested in eastern China for posing as a police officer and fining members of the public, according to a news website report.

The man bought his police uniform on the internet and would regularly go “on patrol” at internet cafes and chess clubs in Anhui province to collect fines, said, without detailing in which city the offences took place.

He also flagged down motorbike riders to ask for their driving licence.

He “fined” more than 10 people 700 yuan (US$107) for failing to produce the right documents.

The man, whose full name was not given, has been placed in criminal detention, the report said.

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Police were quoted as saying that two officers were usually present while making an arrest and that formal procedures were followed.

The suspect told the police he had wanted to join the force since childhood, but had been rejected after his medical because he was too fat.