Report: Chinese man sent to prison for life over tolls gets new trial
A man's two trucks avoided more than half a million dollars in tolls, records cited by Xinhua show.
January 14th, 2011
01:35 PM ET

Report: Chinese man sent to prison for life over tolls gets new trial

A Chinese man has been granted a new trial after being sent to prison for life for evading hundreds of thousands of dollars in expressway tolls, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reports.

Shi Jianfeng of Henan province was convicted of fraud this week for using fake military license plates and ID to avoid paying 3.68 million yuan (US $557,000) in tolls, according to Xinhua.

He's getting a new trial because others may be involved, said Liu Penghua, director of the political department of the Pingdingshan Municipal Intermediate People's Court.

"Shi said during an inquiry Thursday night he was manipulated by a relative," Liu said, according to Xinhua.

Shi's sand and gravel trucks avoided tolls 2,362 times in a nine-month period, according to tollbooth records cited by Xinhua. The average toll each time would have been 1,558 yuan ($236), it said.

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  1. chappa jay

    leave china alone fools its a new world order, Obama is controlling everything Black kings are back baby!!!

    January 14, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Checkmate

    Cuckoo cuckoo

    January 14, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Red Rocket

    I like going through toll roads. It's fun!

    January 15, 2011 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ed Bailey

    What's the big deal? Our justice system isn't one crapheap better.if the government here doesn't like you,you can kiss yo rear end goodby.we talk like rhey aes bad,at least the chinese aren't TWO FACED in exressing their wishes.

    January 15, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. kim

    They seem harsh just for not paying for a toll.

    January 15, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. Samsta

    Hey once i few by the express toll and they sent me a $68 ticket 2 yrs later and just last year i went thru two more i wonder if they'll have my flicky mid finger still waiting for punishment

    January 15, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Suzy Wong

    Just so glad that Iam not Asian- all Asian countries gross me out
    -not to sound prejudice or anything-
    Just sayin'

    January 16, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. Yaku

    At least the chinese respect their justice system enough to convict a rich thief. Here in our country (usa) we only put poor and black people in jail. Barely rich get off. idoits say stupid things and pay little fines for crimes like that judges let em walk home.

    January 16, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. Snooks

    Yaku, you're an idiotic moron. Only poor black ppl in jail? What about Madoff? He aint black & definitely not poor!

    January 16, 2011 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. da funkee 1

    I got a ticket for running a toll in Austin. It was a mistake and I was visiting the area. It cost me more to send the toll via mail than the actual toll itself. Like, 65 cents. I had to get a money order 75 cents a stamp 44 cents and an envelope 1.00. How in the heck does a toll cost over $100?!

    January 16, 2011 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  11. doc

    "Shi Jianfeng of Henan province was convicted of fraud this week for using fake military license plates and ID"

    This the charge for the harshest punishment, rather than the tolls. Faking the military in any country would bring harsh punishments, even though he did it for the toll, rather than getting into military bases.

    January 16, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pan

    Emm, this is good. CNN final pays attention to ordinary people who suffer from the corruption in China, not just about Tibet.

    January 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
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