After being ordered by a court in Wuhan to pay up on her 25 million yuan in debts, one woman decided that the easiest thing to do would be to just get a new face.
Hoping to hide her identity from the court and her creditors, 59-year-old Zhu Najuan underwent plastic surgery and then simply disappeared earlier this year. She was finally caught in July by police in Shenzhen. When authorities from Wuhan came to pick her up, they were astonished by what they saw.
“We were very surprised at the scene,” China’s official Xinhua news agency quoted a policeman as saying. “She looked in her thirties and was different from the photos we had.”
Zhu confessed that during her time on the run, she had used other people’s ID cards to buy herself railway tickets and had borrowed bank cards to support herself in her new life — it’s not clear who would loan someone $3.7 million in debt their bank card.
While China may be trying to start building a functioning “credit society,” its citizens continue to provide evidence about the perils which that society would face. Last year, one man tried to abduct his son from his mistress and then sell the 2-year-old boy to pay off his debts.
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