A 41-year-old man from Hebei stood trial on charges of fraud in a Beijing court on Tuesday after dating 15 university students and tricking them into lending him thousands of yuan.
Tian Fu-sheng, a jobless divorcee and father of a 17-year-old teen, is not exactly a catch. To his various girlfriends, however, he was a 28-year-old CEO and master degree graduate from China’s two leading universities.
“He acted like a really caring boyfriend,” one of the girls, surnamed Ma, told reporters. “If you were on the bus to see him, he’d call and tell you what bus to get on, where to get off and to be careful.” Nice?
Through the chat site QQ, Tian was able to date 15 girls at once. Some were studying in various universities in Beijing, Shandong and Hebei. They had all visited Tian’s farm house in Beijing and had sexual relations with him.
Similar to the case of the Hunan Romeo and his 17 girlfriends, eight of these girls lent Tian a total of 354,000 yuan within four years, while one of them was cheated out of nearly 200,000 yuan.
After using excuses about a terminally ill mom or a new business, Tian was given hundreds of thousands from the women to pay debts, eat, buy cars and gamble. Occasionally he would pay them back a little in order to win their trust.
Most of these women have never dated before and believed in everything Tian said. “If you didn’t lend him money, he’d make you feel like you were being a bad girlfriend,” said Ma.
The suspect himself said the women “voluntarily gave” him money. He claims most of them aren’t his girlfriend and that he only met them through friends, family members and even through misdialed numbers.
One of the girls, surnamed Xu, was pregnant with his child, but he refused to pay for her abortion fees.
The court has not given a verdict yet.
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By Sharon Choi