With dreams of becoming fabulously wealthy, four visionary Heilongjiang con men had perhaps the best money-making idea of all time, building a fake interrogation center to extort cash from corrupt officials.
The center took 3 months to carefully construct and decorate, costing 200,000 yuan, according to Tencent. Looks pretty legit to us. Unfortunately, the con artists were found out and arrested when they actually tried to implement their wild scheme, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive.
Since taking power in 2012, Chinese President Xi Jinping has instituted a wide-ranging austerity campaign that has seen the arrest of numerous “tigers and flies” across China. This has resulted in a sizable slide in luxury goods sales and a considerable rise in trips to the Torture Museum.
Still, some officials are trying to go on embezzling like the good old days, which makes them prime targets for opportunistic criminals. Last year, two officials in Dalian had millions of RMB stolen from their homes and subsequently found themselves under investigation for corruption.
Hopefully, these criminals can make some cash selling the rights to their story to a film studio. This needs to be a movie.
[Images via Tencent]