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Fake cop jailed for 6 years for cheating friends of US$46,000

A MAN who impersonated a police officer and swindled more than 280,000 yuan (US$45,918) from friends and a former colleague has been jailed for six years, the Pudong New Area People’s Court said yesterday.

The 24-year-old, surnamed Liu, was found guilty of fraud and the unauthorized sale of police equipment, the court said.

In 2012, Liu met a woman, surnamed Wang, with whom he had worked at a local supermarket. The former security guard told her he had joined police and the pair embarked on a relationship.

However, between June 2012 and May 2013, Liu swindled Wang out of 183,000 yuan, saying he needed the money to buy equipment for a police school and to pay his assistants.

In a separate incident, Liu conned a friend, surnamed Yuan, who wanted to become a police officer. Liu said he could help and charged Yuan 60,000 yuan for a fake certificate and a police uniform.

Liu also sold a rental car for 40,000 yuan to another friend, surnamed Shen, telling him it had been abandoned and confiscated by police.

When Shen discovered the lie he reported Liu to police.

The fraudster was arrested on May 12, 2013. Police found more than 150 items of police equipment at his home, including handcuffs, tear gas, batons and badges.



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