The self-proclaimed qigong master Wang Lin is under investigation in seven different cases, authorities in east China’s Jiangxi Province have said.
Wang Lin.[File photo]
Wang is being probed for bigamy, fraud, gambling, bribery, tax evasion, for practicing illegal medicine and in possession of firearms.
The Guangzhou Daily reported yesterday that officials from the legal affairs office, industry and commerce watchdog and police in Jiangxi held a meeting on Tuesday and discussed the matter based on media revelations.
Media have reported that Wang now stays in Hong Kong, where he has a permanent resident status since 1995.
The Jiangxi Health Bureau has been investigating Wang since last Saturday. Health officials in Pingxiang in Jiangxi, Wang’s hometown, had reported earlier that he did not have a medical license or qualifications to “treat” patients.
Wang had claimed that he had healed more than 50,000 people.
On Tuesday, one of Wang’s “patients,” Wu Zhihui, said he met him when Wang visited his company in Pingxiang where Wu worked as a senior manager in September 2011.
“He told me that my face had turned black and asked me to undergo treatment at his home,” Wu said.
Then, standing behind Wu, Wang performed fa gong, which reportedly passes on positive energy. The “treatment” lasted for five minutes during which Wang clapped his hands, stamped his feet and performed exorcism.
Wang told Wu that he would be cured of his “illness” after drinking a liquid medicine, The Beijing News reported.
Wu paid 60,000 yuan (US$9,804) for the “treatment” for which he did not get any receipts or prescriptions.
“I have to expose his fraud,” Wu told the provincial health bureau on Tuesday.
Wang has claimed he can cure diseases such as cancer, conjure up snakes from thin air and other supernatural acts.
It is being reported that the 61-year-old Wang had been sentenced to seven years in jail for fraud when he was at 27. After six years, he was slapped with additional three years for attempting jail break.
Zou Yong, a former disciple of Wang, has alleged that Wang never paid tax in Jiangxi. It is being claimed that among his many businesses, Wang owned an underground casino in Jiangxi.
Zou also alleged that Wang had wanted him to bribe China’s former Railways Minister Liu Zhijun and gave the qigong master 17.4 million yuan in cash. Zou is suing Wang over a housing dispute involving over 30 million yuan. Wang is also being probed for owning guns.