Authorities take aim at pengci
Three top judicial organs issued a guideline on Wednesday to clarify the application of the law in extortion cases involving deliberately fabricated accidents or similar scenarios. The guideline was issued by the Ministry of Public Security, the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate.
For the first time, authorities have defined the pengci scam, in which people pretend they have been harmed by another party and then ask that party for money or property as compensation.
The guideline stipulates punishment for the two main types of pengci - fraud and extortion.
Perpetrators who intentionally or negligently cause harm to others while carrying out pengci scams may be charged with the crimes of intentional homicide, intentional injury, negligently causing death and negligently causing serious injury to others, the guideline said.
It also stipulates that whoever deliberately causes a traffic accident and blackmails the victim utilizing the victim's violation of provisions on road passage, which meets the related provisions of the Criminal Law, will be punished under the crime of extortion by blackmail.