China details int'l fraud investigators' charges
AFPSHANGHAI--Chinese state television put two foreign fraud investigators on display Tuesday as police announced they had been charged with illegally obtaining personal information.
August 28, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Police in Shanghai have arrested British national Peter Humphrey and his wife Yu Yingzeng, an American citizen, the Ministry of Public Security said in a statement.
They are accused of obtaining personal information and selling reports for “high prices” to clients, it added.
The statement did not mention the work their firm did for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), following speculation their detention might be related to the British pharmaceutical giant, which is facing a bribery investigation in China.
In a report which appeared to be coordinated with the police announcement, China Central Television showed Humphrey walking in handcuffs and wearing the orange vest of a Shanghai detention center. Yu was also shown.
“I deeply regret this matter and I apologize to the Chinese government,” Humphrey said in the report.
Yu told state radio that their clients were multinational companies including manufacturers, financial institutions and law firms. No names were given.
Humphrey, a veteran fraud investigator and former journalist for the news agency Reuters, is the founder of Shanghai-based risk advisory firm ChinaWhys, while Yu worked as its general manager.
Police said the firm collected, bought or used other methods to obtain information about Chinese citizens including addresses, family members, travel, property and car ownership.
Of more than 500 investigative reports, “more than 10” had been found to violate the privacy of Chinese citizens, the statement said.
Police said the firm paid 800-2,000 yuan (US$129-323) for each piece of information, China National Radio reported.