Chinese court uses QR codes to collect fines from people dodging payment

A court in Jiangsu scans QR code of digital wallet on personal phones to collect dues from reluctant individuals

PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 December, 2017, 5:20pm
UPDATED : Friday, 08 December, 2017, 5:34pm

A court in eastern China has begun using QR codes to collect fines and outstanding dues from people unwilling to pay up, and a government video posted on Weibo on Friday shows how it is done.

Li Rongsheng, a judge of the People’s Court in Wujiang district in Sizhou, Jiangsu province, said officials seize the mobile phones of people convicted of crime or liability and scan the QR code of the person’s digital wallet. The money is instantly transferred to the court’s bank account.

“It has accelerated the pace of legal administration,” Li says in the video.

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Making payments via QR reader apps on phones has become popular on the mainland, but this is the first time its use has been reported in Chinese law enforcement.

In the video, Li and a dozen policemen arrive at a car wash facility. The owner had been in a traffic accident that caused a death, and had outstanding dues of 250,000 yuan (US$38,000), to be paid as compensation to the victim’s family.

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On confiscating the man’s mobile phone, Li finds more than 8,000 yuan in his digital wallet, and transfers it to the court. The man is then cuffed by policeman and taken away.