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Online star Guo sent to jail again

Guo Meiling, better known as Guo Meimei, an Internet celebrity, has been sentenced to two years and six months in prison for selling toxic and harmful food, according to a ruling by the Shanghai Railway Transport Court yesterday.

Guo was also fined 200,000 yuan (US$31,100).

Guo and another defendant, Wang Zouya, allegedly sold diet candy containing sibutramine, a drug that acts on the central nervous system to suppress appetite, the court said.

Sibutramine is banned in China, as it can cause side effects such as high blood pressure, increased heart rate and even death in severe cases.

Guo and Wang began selling the diet sugar at 699 yuan per box from January, according to the court.

Guo had sold about 100 boxes, earning more than 70,000 yuan, by the time she was caught by police. She also helped Wang sell four boxes for 2,796 yuan. Wang was jailed for seven months and fined 10,000 yuan.

Guo, 30, a young influencer, has more than a million followers on Sina Weibo. She first drew attention in 2011 when she claimed to work for an organization under China’s Red Cross and boasted a luxurious lifestyle. The Red Cross denied her claims, which she stated was a misunderstanding.

Guo was also sentenced to jail in 2015 for running a casino and released in 2019.


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