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A Letter to the Florida Department of State (1275 查看)

March 21, 2016 10:01AM
A Letter to the Florida Department of State


Xin Ge


Dear Sir/Madam:

My name is Xin Ge, an American citizen, living in Columbia, South Carolina. I am writing to inform you that “The Organization for Scientific & Academic Integrity in China, Inc.,” which was incorporated in Florida in 2006 as a “Not For Profit Corporation” (Document No. N06000009895; FEI/EIN No. 22-3943516)[1], is a fraudulent and criminal organization.

In the “Articles of Incorporation,” the Organization stated their “Purpose of Corporation” as following:

“The Corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purpose, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.”[2]

The truth is, the only thing the Organization has been doing for the last ten years or so is to collect and launder money for one person, and one person only, who is Mr. Shimin Fang (known as Fang Zhouzi in China), a notorious transnational fraudster and cyberterrorist, currently residing in Southern California in a mansion purchased in 2013 with money from suspicious, and most likely illegal, sources[3]. The fact is, the Organization was masterminded and organized by Mr. Fang himself: It was Fang who first announced the plan of the organization on his website; it was Fang who selected the members of its board of the directors; and it was Fang who gave the Organization’s name[4].


A plain lie
When filing their incorporation paperwork in 2006, The Organization for Scientific & Academic Integrity in China, Inc. claimed that their cause was “for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purpose.” The fact is, however, all they have been doing in the past is to serve a person who is well-known for his evildoing in China, as well as in the United States. The document image was captured on March 20, 2016, from the website of Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations.


As of today, Mr. Fang has been convicted in at least 3 libel lawsuits in China[5], and he is currently listed as one of those people who refuses to comply with the court judgement on the website of The Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China[6]. In addition to disobeying the court orders, Mr. Fang has committed multiple perjuries in China: in 2006 alone, he presented a piece of fabricated evidence to a Wuhan court and gave a faked home address in the U. S. to a Beijing court; and just merely more than a year ago, he lied to a Beijing court about the purchase of his California mansion[7]. Furthermore, Fang scolds and attacks Chinese judges frequently, usually right after they have made a judgement against him[8]. In other words, Mr. Fang is a genuine lawless villain.


An outlaw
In 2006, Mr. Shimin Fang, who is a Chinese citizen and a permanent resident alien of the United States, was found guilty of libel by a Chinese court in Wuhan, Hubei Province, and he was ordered to pay a 30,000 Yuan fine and apologize to the victim. As of today, nine years after the upper court upheld the judgement, Fang is still refusing to obey the court order. The above image is the screenshot of a webpage on the website of The Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China, showing that Fang’s name (in red circle) is listed as a deadbeat. The screenshot was captured on March 20, 2016.


The victims of Mr. Fang’s defamation are not limited to the people in China. In 2010, Fang explicitly instigated his followers to harass Dr. Kenneth M. Peters, Professor and Chairman of Urology Department at the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, because he had been leading an NIH-funded research project to study the efficacy of a surgical procedure invented by Dr. Chuanguo Xiao, arguably Fang’s enemy number one because he reported Fang’s first identified plagiarism case to Science magazine in 2001[9]. One year later, Dr. Peters called these gangsters cyberterrorists[10].

In February 2014, Mr. Jeffery Beall, a professor at the University of Colorado, accused Fang of “feverishly searching for dirt about me on the internet and publishing whatever he finds in his U.S.-based blog, all to defend his patron, Lin.”[11] Who is Lin? He is a Swiss profiteer who made his fortune in open access publishing business. In 2006, even before the “Organization” was born, Lin promised to Fang that he would donate $500 each month to the “Organization.” However, except for the first one, the donations have never showed up on the Organization’s website. It is extremely likely that Lin’s monthly contributions went directly to Fang’s pocket[12]. So what these facts have anything to do with Professor Beall? Because Professor Beall is the world-renowned expert on the open access publishing business, and in early 2014, he put Lin’s company on his “blacklist”[13], which led to Fang’s immediate and vicious retaliation, and the mean Fang chose to use was to smear his target.

Three months after Professor Beall’s denouncement, Ms. Inge Scott, a cancer survivor and a healthy food advocate in the United States, issued an open video letter to Fang, demanding a public apology from him for his “spreading lies about my character to the Chinese people.”[14] Why would Fang want to spread lies about Ms. Inge Scott? Because she appeared in a documentary produced by Mr. Yongyuan Cui, Fang’s another chief enemy.

Needless to say, Fang has slandered numerous American Chinese scholars since 2000, when he was secretly promoted by a branch of Chinese government as a science hero[15]. In 2010, a website was built particularly “to safeguard Chinese scholars’ human dignity, academic reputation, and legal rights from harassment, intimidation, threats, and terror”[16] imposed by Fang and his gangsters, including some of the directors of the Organization. The fact is, Fang’s “U.S.-based blog,” the New Threads, which is nominally owned by the New Threads Chinese Cultural Society, but exclusively controlled by Fang since its beginning in 1998, has been known as “The Death Camp of Reputation.” In other words, Fang will definitely attempt to destroy anyone’s reputation if that person is deemed by him to be harmful to his personal interest.

Mr. Fang’s fraudulent and criminal activities are well beyond destroying other people’s reputation. So far, it has been demonstrated exhaustively that Mr. Fang had committed more than 100 cases of plagiarism, plus nearly two thousand intellectual property infringements[17]. In 2011, Dr. Robert Root-Bernstein, a professor at Michigan State University, from which Mr. Fang received his Ph. D. degree in 1995, accused Fang publicly of stealing his article when he was a graduate student at the University[18].


Public allegation
In 2011, Dr. Robert Root-Bernstein of the Michigan State University publicly denounced Fang’s plagiarism of his article in 1995, when Fang was a graduate student at the University. The above image is the page shot of a Chinese newspaper Shenzhen Business Daily, published on August 21, 2011. The title reads: “When interviewed on the plagiarism of What Is Science, American Professor Robert said ‘I’ll consider suing Fang Zhouzi.’



Documentation
As of now, 109 cases of plagiarism committed by Mr. Fang have been fully demonstrated and documented. Fang has yet to make a comment on the allegations, let alone write a refutation to prove his innocence. The above image is the interface of The Database of Shi-min Fang’s Plagiarism.


For the last several years, Mr. Fang has been literally struggling in scandals, from plagiarism to defamation, from blackmailing to money swindling. For example, since last December, Mr. Zhi’an Wang, an investigative reporter affiliated with China Central Television (CCTV), and one of Fang’s former supporters, has exposed many dirty secrets about Fang’s fund in China[19], which was organized by Fang right after he had learned that his American “Organization” is not allowed by the Chinese government to collect money from the Chinese public. The exposed secrets include, but not limited to, using the public donations, more than 7 million Yuan in total (currently, about 6.5 CNY = 1 USD), to purchase real estate property and private vehicles; to purchase first class flight tickets for Fang and his family; to hire private drivers and housemaid. Here are Mr. Wang’s own words:

“After investigating Fang’s Security Protection Fund, my feeling is that it is not the issue whether the fund can be spent on Fang Zhouzi’s personal consumption or not, rather, it is the issue whether Fang Zhouzi has ever spent his own money besides the fund!”[20]

The question is: Whether the money collected by “The Organization for Scientific & Academic Integrity in China, Inc.” goes to Fang’s pocket? The answer is a big Yes. Here is an example of Fang’s money laundering scheme:

1. Setting up “Organizations” in both China and America to collect money from the public in the name of fighting against frauds;

2. The Chinese “Organization” collects money from the public inside China, and the money is used, besides other personal expenditures, to hire a labor to run Fang’s online bookstore which sells Fang’s books at premium prices only;

3. The American “Organization” raises money from the public outside China, and its most recent fundraising campaign was launched in the name of “recognizing the outstanding achievements Dr. Fang has made in the popularization of scientific knowledge and exposure of pseudo-science”[21], and then the money was used to purchase Fang’s books from Fang’s bookstore at the prices about 30-50% higher than the other online bookstores, and then the books, which were mainly written by stealing other people’s articles and contain countless factual and scientific mistakes, were dumped (termed “donate”) to libraries in China.


Another big secret about the “Organization” is that almost all the major contributions they have received in the past ten years were from anonymous or mysterious entities[4].


Transnational money scamming and laundering
The above images illustrate Fang’s money swindling and laundering schemes. Fang set up two money collecting machines across the Pacific Ocean in 2006, one in China, called “Science and Technology Fraud Fighting Fund,” which was changed to “Science and Technology Fraud Fighter’s Personal Security Protection Fund” in 2010 (upper left); the other in the U. S., called The Organization for Scientific & Academic Integrity in China, Inc. (OSAIC, upper right). The Chinese fund has collected more than 7 million Yuan (about 1.1 million USD) in the past ten years from the Chinese public, but it has never made its expenditures public despite mounting public outcry. It has been just revealed in the last few months that the money from that fund was mainly spent on Fang’s personal leisure and earnings, such as hiring a boy named Yiquan Fang to run an online bookstore which sells Fang’s books only and at the prices about 30-50% higher than the other online bookstores. The images in the lower left corner shows Yiquan Fang, the bookstore worker; the record of his salaries, paid by the fund; and the warehouse of the bookstore, which was actually the office of Fang’s personal lawyer’s; the images in the lower right corner show the homepage of Fang’s online bookstore. In 2015, The Organization for Scientific & Academic Integrity in China launched a fundraising campaign to purchase Fang’s books from Fang’s bookstore and give the books to whoever wants them. The image in the upper right shows the campaign webpage, the red oval highlights the website address of Fang’s bookstore, which was the bookstore designated by the Organization to spend their money; the red arrow shows that the website address is the same as Fang’s bookstore.


Mainly because of Mr. Wang’s exposure, Fang’s money scandal became national news for the second time in less than 4 years. According to the official website of Xinhua News Agency, the mouthpiece of the Chinese government, the news “Fang Zhouzi is allegedly swindling money, his lawyer used the donations to purchase vehicle” was the second hottest national news on Dec. 30, 2015[22]. Google the news on the next day yielded more than 1.4 million hits, while Baidu, a Chinese internet search engine, found 4.5 million hits[23].


The entire nation is fighting against the fraudulent Fang Zhouzi
Mr. Shimin Fang is arguably the most notorious fraudster in China right now. On weibo.com, the Chinese version of Twitter, there is a topic thread entitled “The entire nation is fighting against the fraudulent Fang Zhouzi,” which has been viewed more than 270 million times and discussed about 142,000 times, in less than 3 months of its existence. The above image is the screenshot of the top portion of the webpage. The red oval highlights the number of views, and the red rectangle highlights the topic of the webpage. The host of the thread is Mr. Zhi’an Wang (pictured in the color photos).



The most infamous money swindler in China
The news about Fang’s swindling scandal was reported in the newspapers all over China also. The above image is a composite of shots of some newspaper reports on Fang’s money scandal. Except for the one by “The Washington Chinese Post” (bottom), which was published on Jan. 2, 2016, all the rest were published on Dec. 31, 2015.


As of today, at least seven people who had made donations to Fang’s fund in China have declared that they’d sue Mr. Jian Peng[24], Fang’s chief money collector/launder, and Fang’s personal lawyer since 2004, because they believe that Mr. Peng didn’t keep his promise that the donated money won’t be spent on Fang’s living. Mr. Bo Xu, a Guangzhou-based entrepreneur who made a 3 million Yuan donation to that fund in 2014, has been openly accusing Mr. Fang of scamming since last March, he reported the case to the Chinese police in 2015[25], and filed a lawsuit in 2016[26].


Fang Zhouzi’s 3 Million Yuan Scam
Since 2011, Mr. Bo Xu, a Guangzhou-based entrepreneur, had been targeted by Fang’s followers who kept pressing him to give money to Fang. On Jan. 13, 2014, after having been hoodwinked for more than a dozen hours by Fang and his gangsters, Mr. Xu finally gave in, wiring 3 million Yuan directly to Fang’s Chinese fund. Since March 2015, Mr. Xu has been publicly demanding the money be returned to him, because he believes he was cheated by Fang. The entire swindling process has been recorded in my book, Fang Zhouzi’s 3 Million Yuan Scam (in Chinese), which was posted online on the New Year’s Eve of 2016. Fang, as always, has yet to make a comment on it.


In summary, Mr. Shimin Fang is a career swindler and criminal, and The Organization for Scientific & Academic Integrity in China, Inc. is his money machine. The sole purpose of the Organization is to support Fang’s living and evildoing. Although I am not sure whether you have the authority to investigate the criminal activities conducted by the Organization, I do believe that you are responsible, legally and morally, for giving such a group a legal status. It is based on this belief I am writing to you.

I swear that the above information is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I understand that providing false information could subject me to fine, imprisonment, or both.

Thanks for your attention.

Sincerely,

Xin Ge

Notes

[1] Based on the registration information shown on the website of Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations.

[2] The document was obtained from the website of Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations.

[3] Xin Ge. Shu-Kun Lin and His Predatory MDPI Journals (IV): His Path to Fame and Wealth. China Academic Integrity Review, March 16, 2014; The Greedy and Greasy John Maddox Prize Winner Fang Zhouzi Is Dunned. China Academic Integrity Review, March 5, 2015.

[4] Xin Ge. The Organization for Scientific & Academic Integrity in China is Shimin Fang’s Money Machine. China Academic Integrity Review, Jan. 3, 2016; OSAIC Falsified Their Tax-exempt Application with IRS. China Academic Integrity Review, Jan. 6, 2016. Note: the findings disclosed in these two articles have been reported to IRS.

[5] On July 25, 2006, the Jianghan District People’s Court in Wuhan, Hubei Province found Fang guilty of slandering Dr. Chuanguo Xiao, and Fang was fined 30,000 Yuan. Fang appealed the ruling, but the upper court upheld the primary judgement on Feb. 27, 2007. On Nov. 14, 2006, the Chang’an District People’s Court in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, found Fang guilty of slandering Mr. Zuyi Ding and Xi’an Fanyi University, and Fang, together with Beijing Science and Technology News in which Fang published his slanderous article, was fined 160,000 Yuan. Both plaintiffs appealed the ruling, and the upper court upheld the primary judgement on April 16, 2007. On Nov. 21, 2006, the Beijing Second Intermediate People's Court found Fang guilty of slandering Mr. Zihua Liu, and Fang was fined 20,000 Yuan. Fang appealed the ruling, but the upper court reduced the fine to 2,000 Yuan on July 2, 2006. Fang posted all these court documents on his website, apparently trying to incite his followers to attack the courts:

湖北省武汉市江汉区人民法院民事判决书【(2005)汉民一初字第1834号】》;
湖北省武汉市中级人民法院民事判决书【(2006)武民二终字第817号】》;
西安市长安区人民法院民事判决书【(2005)长民初字第1984号】》;
陕西省西安市中级人民法院民事判决书【(2007)西民二终字346号】》;
北京市第二中级人民法院民事判决书【(2006)二中民初字第08419号】》;
北京市高级人民法院民事判决书【(2007)高民终字第673号】》.

[6] Go to this website: The Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China, and search the website with Fang’s Chinese name 方是民, and the result will show up.

[7] Xin Ge. The Fraudulent and Criminal John Maddox Prize Winner Fang Zhouzi Commits Perjury, Again! China Academic Integrity Review, Aug. 10, 2014.

[8] For example, Fang maintains a “List of Judges Who Pervert the Law” on his New Threads, and all the judges who made the list are because they had made judgements against Fang.

[9] Xin Ge. A list of the facts that Dr. Xiao Chuanguo is a victim of long term character assassination and framing by Fang Zhouzi and his gang of New Threads. China Academic Integrity Review, Nov. 9, 2012.

[10] Dr. Peters said so on July 28, 2011, to a reporter of People’s Daily. Audio record is available.

[11] Beall, J. Under Pressure, MDPI Tries to Clean House, Retracts Paper. Scholarly Open Access, Feb. 24, 2014.

[12] Xin Ge. Fang Zhouzi, He Zuoxiu, Lin Shu-kun and the Secret of Their Scienafia Empire. China Academic Integrity Review, March 20, 2014.

[13] Beall, J. Chinese Publisher MDPI Added to List of Questionable Publishers. Scholarly Open Access, Originally posted on February 18, 2014.

[14] Scott, I. A Video Letter to Fang Zhouzi from Inge Scott. Originally posted on youtube.com, but it was later hidden from the public. It was reposted on tudou.com on May 22, 2014.

[15] The reason for Fang’s sudden rise in China and his secretive tie with Chinese government were analyzed and documented in one of my books on Fang: The Top Ten News About Fang Zhouzi in 2014 (in Chinese).

[16] China Academic Integrity Review. About Us. Jan. 4, 2011.

[17] Fang’s plagiarism has been reported in Chinese newspapers for multiple times. The most complete document is Chronicle and Demonstration of Fang Zhouzi’s Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement (in Chinese) which has been viewed and downloaded more than 100,000 times.

[18] Dr. Root-Bernstein’s letter to Fang was dated August 3, 2011, released to an email group on the next day, and soon made public on the internet. The intact content is preserved, with his permission, on China Academic Integrity Review: An Open Letter to Shi-Min Fang from Dr. Robert Root-Bernstein.

[19] See Mr. Zhi’an Wang’s online post (in Chinese): 2016-3-11 20:41.

[20] See Mr. Zhi’an Wang’s online post (in Chinese): 2016-3-20 17:25.

[21] See the campaign announcement by the Organization: Donating a Set of Fang Zhouzi’s Books to Your Library (in Chinese).

[22] See: Today’s Hot News (Dec. 30, 2015) (in Chinese).

[23] The screen images of the results are preserved here.

[24] See Mr. Tao Jing’s online post (in Chinese): 2015-11-2 11:28.

[25] The entire process of scamming was documented in my book “Fang Zhouzi’s 3 Million Yuan Scam”(in Chinese), which was posted online on December 31, 2015.

[26] The news was actually announced by Mr. Fang on his Twitter: 7:58 PM - 10 Mar 2016.



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