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Blind date conwoman jailed for 5 years

A WOMAN who duped a blind date TV show contestant into giving her 320,000 yuan (US$51,584) was today jailed for five years at Pudong New Area People's Court.

The 29-year-old woman, surnamed Wu, tracked down her victim, a divorcee surnamed Zhang, after seeing him on a TV show looking for a girlfriend in October 2010, prosecutors said.

To meet the requirements Zhang gave on the show for his ideal partner, Wu forged a college diploma and work permit, lying that she was a primary school teacher in Pudong New Area the court heard.

Zhang was taken in and they began a relationship.

Wu told Zhang her father had suffered a heart attack and asked him for 143,000 yuan in January, 2011.

She spent the cash on luxury living and ran out of money again in April, 2011.

Wu next claimed she had been diagnosed with leukemia and forged medical bills to get Zhang pay her 5,000 yuan a month, the court heard.

Between January 2011 and last September, Wu cheated Zhang out of 430,000 yuan.

Of this total, 110,000 yuan was not deemed fraud but living expenses for the pair, the court said.

Wu surrendered to the police on October 11, 2012, a day after Zhang learned from Wu's pension details that she may be unemployed.

When confronted, Wu confessed to Zhang and went to the police station accompanied by him.

The court said Wu received a more lenient sentence for turning herself in.

Under Chinese Criminal Law, the heaviest penalty for fraud is life in prison.


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