As if Chen Guangbiao’s NY charity lunch wasn’t disastrous enough, Chen claims he was granted a fake UN philanthropist certificate from after making a $30,000USD donation to the China Foundation for Global Partnership.
According to the SCMP:
During the luncheon, a man who claimed to be Patrick Donohue awarded Chen a certificate on behalf of China Foundation for Global Partnership.
“In support of United Nation”, the foundation awarded Chen, “China’s moral role model and number one philanthropist”, with the honorary titles of “world’s most prominent philanthropist” and the “global peace and goodwill ambassador”, the certificate reads.
Chen claimed one of his volunteers from Columbia University introduced him to Donohue, the chairman of the foundation, on the day before the luncheon.
“The volunteer told me the foundation could award me the titles … She also asked me to donate US$50,000 to US$60,000 to the foundation after Donohue left,” Chen told the website.
“I’ve never bought honorary titles. But she kept asking for some donation, so in the end, I offered US$30,000.”
The best part of the story occurred on Monday when the real UN added insult to ego-injury by reminding Chen that they’re called the “United Nations,” not the “United Nation.”
Naturally, Chen wants his donations back:
Chen Guangbiao said on the that 8th he paid $30,000 to Lulu Zhou for the fake UN certificate, he asked her to put the money back. pic.twitter.com/a912WNwu3j
— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) July 8, 2014
However, she is nowhere to be found!
Looks like there’s going to be a big white space on Chenny’s vainglorious business card!
The certificate in question
By Aliaume Leroy
[Image via People’s Daily]