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Fake monk gets 11 years for swindle

EIGHT elderly ladies were bilked of nearly 850,000 yuan (US$132,929) by a man who disguised himself as a monk and claimed he needed money for temple renovation.

Xiong Yinggang has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for swindling, Pudong New Area People's Court said yesterday. Xiong, in his 30s, has a primary school education background and can hardly read the Buddhist classics. But he always wore a monk's robe. He disappeared after swindling the money out of the women. Xiong used to be a temporary worker in a temple in Zhejiang Province. But he never was a registered monk. The temple abbot helped them to catch Xiong, but he had spent the money in gambling and couldn't pay it back.


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