BEIJING – A senior Chinese police officer has been sacked following reports that he owned hundreds of houses and a false ID card, state media said Wednesday, in the country’s latest corruption scandal.
Zhao Haibin was stripped of his public offices for “engaging in business deals using a fake identity card,” the state-run Xinhua news agency reported, citing the Lufeng city government. Authorities have decided to carry out a comprehensive probe.
Zhao, a senior police officer and local Communist Party official, made headlines Tuesday after a businessman accused him of having amassed 192 houses in the city of Huizhou, with others in Shenzhen and Zhuhai.
Zhao is the latest in a string of officials found to own multiple houses with different ID cards and residence permits, sparking mounting criticism on Chinese social media over rampant graft.
“The grandmaster of properties is finally unveiled in Lufeng. Zhao Haibin . . . is unprecedented but he definitely will not be unbeatable in the future,” said a post on the Sina Weibo microblog.