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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Chinese Tiger Hoaxer Handed Lighter Sentence

54 year-old Zhou Zhenglong, the farmer who doctored photos of a purported South Chinese tiger to receive a sizable monetary reward from the government, received a lighter sentences on appeal. Zhenglong was originally sentenced to two years in jail for fraud and illegally possessing bullets, but had the sentence suspended. He was fined 2000 yuan and ordered to return the reward money.

Several Chinese officials were fired over the incident, as authorities charged they were aware of the hoax and released the pictures to the media to promote tourism in the economically depressed region. The OddBlog brought you the story as it unfolded.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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