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15 arrested for colluding with illegal clinics


A GANG of 15 people who allegedly deceived patients into going to an illegal clinic in Shenzhen have been arrested by the Shenzhen police, the Shenzhen Evening News reported Thursday.

This June, Pingshan police found that Tonggeng Clinic in Longgang District was suspected of colluding with scalpers to coerce patients into receiving compulsory medical treatment at the clinic.

“We found that the victims in the case shared several distinct characteristics: they were all women with low levels of education, low incomes, and no local household registration,” said Wang Xiaohui, deputy chief of the criminal police brigade of Pingshan District Public Security Sub-bureau.

“After the victim was scammed by the scalper from a regular hospital, the so-called doctor in the illegal clinic tried to bluff the victim by exaggerating and even fabricating the condition. They not only swindled the victim for money, but also delayed the patient’s treatment,” said Lu Ziliang, another policeman from the sub-bureau.

On March 28, a pregnant woman went to Kengzi Maternal and ChildHealthHospital for a pregnancy test, but was deceived by a scalper into going to Tonggeng Clinic. She spent nearly 10,000 yuan (US$1,435) on the examination and treatment fees, but eventually had a miscarriage, Lu said angrily.

By collecting relevant information, the Pingshan police found that the leader of the gang, surnamed Wen, had also been wanted by the Fujian police since May this year. Additionally, the scalpers were basically all from Hengyang City, Hunan Province.

After a three-month investigation, the police gradually uncovered the illegal industry chain that had been carefully developed by the illegal clinic and the scalpers.

According to a “doctor” from the clinic surnamed Jiang, in order to not be scolded and to make more money, the “medical staff” at Tonggeng Clinic would rack their brains to fabricate conditions so they could blackmail the patient. Jiang said she could earn up to 40,000 or 50,000 yuan a month at the clinic.

After all of the suspects were confirmed, the Shenzhen police launched an arrest action in Guangdong, Hunan, Jiangxi and Yunnan provinces Sept. 5. Wu, the boss at Tonggeng Clinic, was arrested in Shenzhen. Wen, the head of the gang, is still at large.

At present, the police have arrested 15 suspects and the manhunt is still ongoing.