A woman known only as ‘Ms Yang’ has been caught after more than 121,000 yuan from three victims, who believed that she was a senior Communist Party Official, an Interpol agent, a man, and a superhero with the powers of invisibility. It gets weird.
Ms Yang adopted the guise of “Mr. Li,” a high-ranking member of the CCP. While incognito as Li, she met a Ms Zhang, who was, according to the Telegraph, “instantly charmed by her suitor’s claims to be both a globetrotting police officer and senior civil servant with the ability to vanish into thin air.” The couple dated for three months and moved in together, while Yang was (somehow) able to maintain the guise of being, among other things, male.
The con with Ms Zhang peaked in August, as The Telegraph reports:
When “Mr Li” claimed he had lost his wallet and needed cash to “receive international friends”, she lent her high-flying partner a total of 120,000 yuan.
“Mr Li” promised to repay her and said the funds would help him “do things for the country”.
But the debt was never settled. Instead, in August, “Mr Li” wrapped himself in a distinctly human cloak of invisibility and vanished from his partner’s life.
When a heartbroken Ms Zhang sought out her absent lover at the Ministry of Finance she was told no such man existed.
Yang then moved on, conning a 52-year-old woman named Ms Song, and an unnamed pensioner. Her con fell apart when the lonely Ms Zhang filed a police report detailing the scam, “only to be told that her crime-busting lover was, in fact, a 54-year-old woman who had previously spent 11 years in jail for fraud.”
Yang is now awaiting trial and then, presumably, selling the movie rights.
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