After recently discovering that her husband-to-be had hired over 200 people to attend their wedding and pretend to be his friends, things have now somehow become even worse for one 29-year-old woman.
Despite the fact that they had been in a relationship for several years, the bride surnamed Liu apparently only managed to catch on to his deception at the couple’s giant wedding banquet in Xi’an. While going around and speaking to guests, she found that none of them were family members of the groom. Instead, they all simply claimed to be his “friends,” though without providing any additional explanation.
The bride then started to become even more suspicious when the groom’s parents still hadn’t shown up. Her groom, surnamed Wang, kept checking his phone, telling her that they were on their way, but eventually his web of lies collapsed underneath him. The bride’s family called the cops who took Wang away on suspicion of fraud.
Afterward reporters spoke with guests at the banquet who admitted that they didn’t have a clue who the groom was, they had just been promised free food and 80 yuan for showing up. Most of the over 200 opportunistic guests were either broke college students or migrant workers.
But, it turns out that Wang’s lies didn’t begin at the couple’s wedding banquet. Since they started dating, he had managed to swindle 1.25 million yuan from Liu’s family. Including borrowing 400,000 yuan from her parents in 2015, claiming that he needed some working capital for his business, and borrowing another 700,000 yuan from them prior to the wedding as a dowry to purchase a car, China Business News reports. He appears to have squandered much of that money by doing things like paying hundreds of strangers to come to his wedding.
Obviously, Liu was more than a bit surprised by all the deception. She said that Wang had always been kind to her, taking care of the bills. As for why she was apparently unfamiliar with any of her fiancé’s friends, Liu explained that they lived very separate lives and kept different circles of friends. During an interview with reporters, she also admitted that she now believes that the people she met who Wang claimed were his parents were in fact paid actors as well.
And this does appear to be the case, as Wang’s real parents have now reportedly come forward and promised to pay Liu’s family back all the money they lost because of their con man son.
But there may just be a happy ending to this tale yet. It turns out that while he claimed to be 27, Wang was in fact only 20 years old, below the legal marriageable age for men in China… which means that the couple’s vows are invalid. Really dodged a bullet there.
[Images via China Business News]
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