Wang Lin, the self-proclaimed ‘Qigong master’ and freelance-charlatan who last graced Shanghaiist pages for threatening a journalist with death, is back in the news, this time for firearms posession. For someone accused of running an unlicensed bullshit-medical-practice and defrauding everyone he’s ever met, the charges seem in character.
Chinese state media has never been a fan of Wang, and the China Daily reports:
The investigation was launched by the public security bureau of Luxi county on Aug 1 after Wang’s former apprentice, Zou Yong, disclosed in an interview with a video website that Wang had possessed a rifle unlawfully and once used it to shoot birds.
According to Criminal Law, those unlawfully possessing guns may face imprisonment of up to seven years in serious circumstances.
Wang Lin, who became famous around the 1990s, has mostly kept a low profile in recent years. However, he returned to the spotlight last month after photos were released showing him meeting with several famous people. These included Ma Yun, the billionaire founder and ex-CEO of the Alibaba Group, Zhao Wei, a famous actress, and Jet Li, a famous kung fu actor.
Many people expressed shock that such successful entrepreneurs and actors could fall prey to an alleged charlatan like Wang.
The newspaper also reported late last month that Wang had been accused of fraud and could face punishment for allegedly practicing medicine without a permit.
Wang has been living in Hong Kong since July, after it was revealed that he was “a bragger and a liar who only wants to accumulate wealth.”
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