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Police Detained After Theft From Mobile Phone WeChat Account

By Huang Yuxin and Guo Yingzhe / Sep 14, 2020 02:28 PM / Society & Culture

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An alleged theft from a WeChat wallet account points to possible corruption by police.

Luo Ximei, a 55-year-old Jiangxi woman, detained by local police over an organized crime case, says more than 66,000 yuan ($9,653) was taken from her phone’s WeChat account while it should have been locked up in evidence. Mobile payments are a ubiquitous part of life in China, with people typically connecting their bank cards to the apps to facilitate transfers to and from their bank accounts.

Caixin first revealed Luo’s case on Friday. Then on Saturday, the politics and legal affairs commission of Fengxin’s Communist Party committee released a statement (link in Chinese) saying a local policeman surnamed Chen had been arrested on suspicion of embezzlement from a WeChat account.

Luo’s daughter says the officer’s detention is not a satisfactory outcome, and that the incident should be investigated as a case of corruption, not merely theft.

Read the full story here.

Contact reporter Guo Yingzhe (yingzheguo@caixin.com) and editor Flynn Murphy (flynnmurphy@caixin.com)


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