A man from Taiwan was sentenced at Jing’an District People’s Court to 15 years in prison yesterday for fraud and drug possession after he’d conned money out dozens of people by pretending to be a cop.
The 33-year-old man, surname Li, managed to swindle around two million yuan out of tons of people, including 14 victims from Shanghai, between 2011 and 2012, Shanghai Daily reports.
Posing as a police officer or other authoritative figure, Liu would tell people over the phone that they had been convicted of a crime and needed to pay a fine. He created a replica version of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate website and posted fake arrest warrants for people online.
He’d managed to get as much as 1.3 million yuan out one Shanghai woman, surnamed Zheng, who said she’d received a call from someone about an online gambling investigation. Upon seeing her fake arrest warrant on the website she’d been directed to, she transferred the money over without question.
A manhunt traced the suspect to Guangdong province, where he was found in house with 150,000 yuan in cash and drugs, which he said was for ‘personal use’. Along with his prison sentence, he’ll be required to pay a 20,000 yuan fine.