If you wanna make it in the swindling business, you’ve got to pace yourself. One group of blackmailers in Shanghai (who were apparently also stellar actors) gave themselves away after becoming a bit too confident in their scheme.
The group, made up of nine members, pretended to suffer reactions to treatment in illegal clinics and then extorted cash, according to Shanghai Daily. They would pose as patients then act out intense adverse reactions, including foaming at the mouth.
In one such case, two of the members on May 11 went to an unlicensed clinic owned by a man surnamed Ni in a Pudong village.
After being diagnosed with a urinary tract infection, the “patient” demanded that Ni give him an intravenous drip. Once he was connected to the drip, the man began frothing at the mouth and convulsing.
Ni accompanied the patient and his friend to the hospital after they claimed he was having an allergic reaction. Outside of the hospital, other gang members demanded that Ni pay them 5,000 yuan or they would call the police.
After receiving the hush money, the convulsing man reappeared looking fresh as a whistle.
It was a good run while it lasted. The group attempted to pull off the scam again only three days later at another clinic, where they were held by police at the scene.
The group had, in fact, managed to pocket 12,372 yuan from four local unlicensed clinics in just days.
Each member of the group yesterday received prison sentences of up to a year at the Pudong New Area People’s Court.
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