Extortion

  • Police Officers in Heilongjiang Province Again Arrest Mr. Yang Libing and His Wife, Ms. Chen Guiqiu

    On the afternoon of November 8th, 2007, Mr. Yang Libing, a practitioner from Yicun City, was arrested by Jinshan Police Station officials and detained. Mr. Yang escaped and become destitute and homeless. His wife, Ms. Chen Guiqiu, was arrested on the street and is now held in Jinshantun Detention Centre. The couple's son, who needs to go to college, and the boy's grandmother now have no means of support. Since the persecution began in July 1999, Ms. Chen has been taken into custody six times and detained for over 300 days. In July 2000, Mr. Yang was jailed in Yichun Forced Labour Camp for one and a half years. Over ten thousand yuan was extorted from the family by the local police before the two were released.
  • Guangzhou City Police Confiscate Ms. Zhou Lianzhang's Belongings Worth Ten Thousand Yuan

    On October 31st, 2007, several officials and police broke down the door and handcuffed 74-year-old Ms. Zhou Lianzhang. They ransacked boxes and chests, wilfully causing damage to things and making a mess. According to incomplete figures, they confiscated Ms. Zhou's treasured Falun Gong books, more than two thousand yuan cash, and some gold jewellery. These items were worth ten thousand yuan, and the invaders did not issue a list of items they took away. When her relatives reported the stolen property to the police and asked for the items' return, the police station clerk denied what had happened and berated the relatives, calling them liars.
  • Police in Lingyuan City, Liaoning Province Extort Money and Valuables from Practitioners

    Since August 2006, Lingyuan City Police Department have committed over 20 arrests, seizures of personal property, and extortions from Falun Gong practitioners. More than 70 practitioners were personally affected. More than 40 practitioners suffered direct losses of totalling over 346,000 Yuan in cash. Family members of the arrested and harassed Falun Gong practitioners were squeezed for money for their efforts to rescue their loved ones. They were forced to deplete their savings, and some were forced to borrow money. Wang Guilin was the most unscrupulous. He demanded money from and coerced practitioners and their family members directly.
  • Financial Extortion from Falun Gong Practitioners by Jiuzhai Township Government, Mengyin County, Shandong Province

    Besides physical suffering, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is widely using another form of persecution: Economic persecution.The 610 Office, local police station, and other government bureaus have seized massive amounts of wealth in the name of persecuting Falun Gong. This is how they usually operate: Arrest the practitioners and ransack their homes. Grab everything of value, including personal property and belongings. Put the practitioners into a brainwashing centre, the local police station, or detention centre. They force family members to hand over huge amounts of money by taking advantage of their fear that their loved ones will suffer. If the penalty is not paid, they may keep the practitioner in detention, torture him, or send him to a forced labour camp or prison. The authorities don't give receipts for the paid penalty, not even an IOU. All the money goes into their own pockets.
  • CCP Officials in Shandong Province Relentlessly Harass and Torture Mr. Ji Yongxian and His Family Members

    Ji Yongxian is from Taoxu Town, Mengyin County, Shandong Province. His parents, younger brother, younger sister and himself are all Falun Gong practitioners. In the past eight years, the local Chinese Communist Party (CCP) faithfuls have never stopped harassing them, extorting money from them, and arresting them. The former CCP party secretary of Taoxu Town, Jiang Yongjian, fired Ji Yongxian from his teaching position of over 20 years. Ji Yongxian and his brother went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong. Policemen from the County Police Department stationed in Beijing brought them back. As a result, Ji Yongshi was forced to leave home and become destitute and homeless.
  • Shulan City Police in Jilin Province Extort Money from Mr. Zhang Xingju and His Neighbour

    Under the Chinese Communist Party's policy of bankrupting Falun Dafa practitioners financially, the police officers in China have turned arresting practitioners into a moneymaking operation. Not long ago, police officers in Shulan City, Liaoning Province arrested practitioner Mr. Zhang Xingju and his neighbour, an old lady who upholds justice, and fined them a total of 900 yuan after failing to extort 5,000 yuan from Mr. Zhang.
  • Mr. Gong Chengge and Other Practitioners in Mudanjiang, Heilongjiang Province Still Being Detained

    During the new wave of persecution led by Zhao Jincheng, director of the Mudanjiang Police Department, in Helongjiang Province on December 12th, 2006, many Falun Gong practitioners were arrested. Although most of them were released after large amounts of money were extorted from them, Mr. Gong Chengge, Mr. Zhu Xiucheng, and Ms. Hao Rong are still being detained. After money was extorted from Mr. Gong Chengge's family, his family went to the police department to ask for his release, but got no response.
  • The Relentless Persecution of Older Practitioner Ms. Cui Fengying in Jiamusi City, Heilongjiang Province

    Ms. Cui Fengying, 56, has been arrested, detained and had large amounts of money extorted from her because she practises Falun Dafa and has spoken out for justice against the persecution. In 2000, her family was extorted for 4,000 yuan. In addition, a policeman tried to coerce Ms. Cui's husband into paying an additional 5,000 yuan, but her husband refused. Sun then went to her husband's company and forced the company to pay 5,000 yuan. As a result, the company withheld her husband's salary as a way to pay back the money taken by the police. The repeated persecution of her and her family has left the family highly stressed and in financial difficulty. She has left home to avoid persecution.
  • Mother-in-law and Daughter-in-law Seriously Ill in Detention; Money Extorted from Their Family Members

    Falun Dafa practitioners Ms. Hu Xinyuan and her daughter-in-law, Ms. Gong Liya are imprisoned in Jin City Detention Centre and Changsha Women's Prison respectively. Ms. Hu is suffering from symptoms caused by pulmonary emphysema, heart disease, and pulmonary tuberculosis. Ms. Gong is suffering from the relapse of previous diseases. Both of them are in this condition due to persecution. The police are taking advantage of their ill health by extorting money from their families.
  • Falun Dafa Practitioner Zhao Xin, 56, Persecuted for Seven Years in Jilin City

    Li Zhuang, head of the Organisation Department of the Party Committee at the Jilin City Water Company, was in charge of persecuting Falun Gong. She actively cooperated with the Jilin City 610 Office to persecute Falun Gong practitioners. By October 2000 she had suspended my salary of a total amount of 16,355 yuan, and still hasn't paid me yet as of today. On November 7th, 2002, she cooperated with the Dongjuzi street committee of the Changyi District in Jilin City and deducted 2,000 yuan from my salary, and has not paid it back.
  • Exposing Those Guilty of Persecution in Henan Province

    Since 2005, agents from the Xiangcheng National Security Bureau in Henan Province have frequently watched and harassed Dafa practitioners at their homes. Ma Zefeng extorted money and gifts from practitioners and their families, ranging from 500 yuan to 2,000 yuan. He also demanded an additional 3,000 yuan parole payment from the practitioners' families. Niu Hanqing told Dafa practitioners' families that unless they greased his palms and treated him to meals, they would not be seeing their loved ones.
  • Zhuolu County Authorities Arrested and Extorted Funds from Practitioner Ms. Zhou Jianzhen

    Ms. Zhou Jianzhen used to make a comfortable living, but now, due to the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) persecution, her family's living conditions have become very difficult. As an excellent teacher at the city level, simply because she has faith in Truth-Compassion-Tolerance, she has been tortured and is now suffering from illegal detention, brainwashing, beating and cursing. Ms. Zhou has been held in a brainwashing centre for almost eight months. In the process of trying to rescue his wife, Ms. Zhou Jianzhen's husband had about 30,000 extorted from him by the local 610 Office and people from the Zhuolu Middle School.
  • Police Chiefs in Shangdong Province Extort Millions of Yuan from Practitioners

    Throughout these years of persecution, Xue Lianchun and Chen Yuezhi have led police officers to steal belongings and funds from Falun Dafa practitioners' family members, forcing them to pay fines totalling millions of yuan. They have never given a single receipt for money or items stolen. After the police arrested several practitioners, they extorted two to five thousand yuan from their families before releasing them. Some practitioners' family members were forced to give Chen Yuezhi "Three Gold" (referring to gold rings, gold earrings and gold bracelets), and also hand in 2,000 yuan in fines, without being given any receipts.
  • Police Extort Twenty Thousand Yuan from an Elderly Couple in Yushu City, Jilin Province

    "Just as we were feeling extremely fortunate that Falun Dafa had saved my life, the township police arrived at our door. It was March 7th, 2002. They searched the house looking for Falun Dafa books and DVDs. I was taken to Heizuizi Forced Labour Camp. The year of illegal detention cost my family more than 7,800 yuan. Later I was detained again. This time, my husband figured out a way to pay someone 11,600 yuan and bailed me out. The two detentions combined cost us 19,400 yuan, all of which my husband had to borrow."
  • Corrupt Officials and Unscrupulous Merchants of Bo'ai County, Henan Province Extort Money from Local Residents and Transfer Blame to Falun Dafa

    Corrupt officials colluded with unscrupulous merchants to sell television cable boxes to local residents, requiring every home to buy the boxes. They forced each homeowner to buy separate boxes for each television in the same house. Those who refused to buy the boxes but installed outdoor antenna on their own were threatened by the police department. Local residents compalined. Recently, the television station has been displaying a so-called "explanation" saying that some television stations were interrupted by Falun Dafa television programmes and that the reason for making every house buy the boxes was to prevent this from happening. They are trying to direct the complaints from the local residents towards Falun Dafa.