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Gay crook targeted 'trusting' homosexual

A GAY conman who won the trust of another homosexual man and then swindled him out of 185,000 yuan (US$28,116) has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

The guilty man, surnamed Yang, told Jing'an District People's Court that he targeted a fellow homosexual because he would be trusted more readily by someone of the same sexual orientation.

Yang, from Jiangsu Province, claimed to be the son of a rich Hong Kong businessman for his ruse.

His family, who own a seafood production business, had been left with debts of more than 700,000 yuan due to Yang's dissolute lifestyle.

Yang, 26, had not worked since dropping out of secondary school. Though he had married under pressure from his parents and fathered a son, he had been living with another man in Shanghai before being detained.

He had lied to his parents that he wanted to run a store and buy an apartment in Shanghai and asked for money. Yang spent more than 2 million yuan on an extravagant lifestyle, the court heard.

After falling 700,000 yuan in debt due to their son's demands, Yang's parents could no longer support him.

"Since my parents couldn't give me any more money and I had no income, I had to cheat to pay for my lifestyle," Yang told the court.

Yang met a gay man surnamed Ma on the Internet last August and boasted his father was a successful Hong Kong businessman and that he was studying in Shanghai.

They arranged to meet and soon became close friends.

Last September, Yang claimed to Ma that he needed money quickly to pay a friend for luxury products.

Believing Yang came from a wealthy family, Ma was not suspicious, and over three occasions lent him a total of 185,000 yuan.

After losing contact with Yang, Ma contacted police who detained Yang last October.


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