Chinese woman owns 20 homes using multiple identities

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 24, 2013 11:30 hrs

Beijing, Jan 24 (IANS) A probe has been initiated after a woman in China illegally bought 20 homes using multiple identities.

China's Ministry of Public Security Thursday vowed efficient investigation of the case of the "house sister", the woman found to have illegally amassed 20 homes using multiple identities, reported Xinhua.

The ministry set up a special team to supervise an investigation into how Gong Aiai, who has at least two identities and "hukou", Chinese household registration records, had been allowed to possess over 20 houses worth a total of about 1 billion yuan ($159 million).

China's property market controls restrict individuals buying multiple homes, but "ghost" identities help householders skirt the restrictions.

Gong's huge wealth was first exposed by a microblogger online and soon sparked a fresh round of public anger over administrative power abuses and oversight.

According to a statement issued by the ministry, Gong first registered as a resident in the town of Shenmu in northwest China's Shaanxi province, and later registered three identities respectively in two counties in the neighbouring Shanxi Province and Beijing between 2004 and 2008.

One of the fake identities was revoked in January 2012, the statement said.

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