Zheng-tong: Year 7, Month 5, Day 12
19 Jun 1442
The rewards which had been conferred upon Liu Ying, the vice commander of Jing-dong Guard and others, were recovered. Earlier, the Lu-chuan bandit had attacked Jing-dong. The government troops went out to provide defence. Ying looked on from the camp, while the prefect Tao Zan pursued and surrounded them. Ying secretly sent a person to contact the bandits and allowed them to flee. In their place, he killed local yi people and claimed that he had realized achievements. The Battalion Commander Ruan Gao and the Company Commander Li Liang of that guard did not even see the bandits because they were either on guard at the camp or at home. Ying accepted bribes from them and falsely reported to the Regional Commander Mu Ang that they had realized achievements. Ang advised and these persons were promoted and rewarded appropriately. Subsequently, Liang and so on were afraid that they would be charged with a crime and memorialized. The matter was sent to the grand coordinator, the three offices and the provincial censor, requiring that they carry out an investigation. The facts were thereby obtained. The Emperor ordered that Ying be transferred to patrol duty at the passes in the extreme border areas and that the others forfeit their promotions and rewards. Those of the rank of company commander and above were to have the paper money and silk rewards recovered in silver, while those of platoon level and below were exempted from this.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 26, page 1861