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Bogus date swindles money from young women

A man was sentenced to eight years in prison for swindling more than 350,000 yuan (US$53,864) from young women pretending to be their date through a matchmaking TV program, the Xuhui People's Court said today.

Feng Zhenyu, 53, who claimed he was 35 and owned a property company, met four women through the matchmaking program and used different excuses to get money from them. And his fraud was not exposed until one victim found out he was married and called police.

The victim, a white-collar who was not identified, met Feng through the matchmaking TV program in September 2009 and started a relationship with him.

Just 10 days after their first meeting, Feng told her that he paid 17 million yuan in compensation after a building still under construction suddenly collapsed because he was the developer. As a result, he was short of cash. The young woman in her 20s believed his words and gave him her bank cards, the court heard.

In the next few months, Feng cheated 280,000 yuan out of the woman with excuses such as he needed the money for a car accident or to buy an apartment as their future home.

When the young victim rushed to the hospital after hearing Feng was injured in a car accident on October 5, 2010, she found two women were taking care of him and began to doubt whether she was cheated.


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