Well this is a new one. A woman in China managed to swindle victims out of 2.3 million yuan by pretending to be a Qing Dynasty princess.
More specifically, 49-year-old Wang Fengying claimed that she was one Princess Changping, a descendant of the Aisin Gioro family, a house that ruled the Qing Dynasty from 1644 to 1911. Wang was not a princess from the Aisin Gioro family, but rather an ordinary farmer from Henan province.
Wang and her accomplice, a 47-year-old unemployed man from Xi’an who we’re assuming was also not of royal blood, claimed that her family left her 175 billion yuan in assets which had been held by authorities.
She persuaded victims to lend her money so that she could bribe officials and get her assets back. She promised to reward them with three times the amount of their investment, Xinhua reports, but it was all lies. Lies!
The scam went on from February 2013 to July 2014, during which time the woman used the spoils to splurge on a new car and put a downpayment on an apartment. At her home, authorities found 41 gold bars, thousands in fake cash and ‘treasure maps that Wang offered to investors as collateral’, according to the Associated Press.
Wang was sentenced to 13.5 years in prison on Monday while her accomplice was jailed for 12 years, the People’s Court of Lianhu District in Xi’an, Shaanxi province said yesterday. They were also ordered to repay the money they’d stolen and slapped with 500,000 yuan fines.
[Image via Xinhua]