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Village chief jailed for big city con

A CENTRAL China village chief invented a way to help locals get rich quick – by sending a team to Shanghai to swindle more than 200,000 yuan (US$39,311) from old ladies.

Liu Tianwang, 25, vice Party secretary of a village in Hunan Province's Yizhang County, and three fellow villagers have been jailed for 21 months each and fined 18,000 yuan by Shanghai's Fengxian District People's Court, today's Oriental Morning Post reported.

Liu led villagers Zhou Xihong, Zhong Weiying and Zhong Weijun to Shanghai in June last year to con more than 10 elderly ladies. The scam worked like this – Zhou would approach the target and win sympathy by pretending her child was missing.

Zhong Weiying then came forward and told the victim that she knew a fortune teller who could help. Liu posed as the fortune teller and told the victims they should offer money and goods to ward off bad luck, the report said.


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