Chinese Farmer Imprisoned for Fake Tiger Photos

Reuters reports that the farmer behind the Southern China Tiger photo scandal has been put in jail:

The photos by Zhou Zhenglong, a 54-year-old farmer from mountainous Zhenping county in northern Shaanxi province, raised hopes that the  might still exist in the region.

Local officials used that to promote tourism and a wildlife reserve, and rewarded him with 20,000 yuan ($2,930) before the fraud was exposed by local media and Internet experts.

Zhou was sentenced in 2008 to jail with a three-year reprieve, which normally means the convicted person remains at liberty.

But he was imprisoned for two years starting last weekend after a court found he “had not cooperated with monitoring officials and had not reported his thinking and activity,” the Beijing Morning Post said on Wednesday.

May 6, 2010, 5:35 PM
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