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04/12/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/11/2019 19:56

Woman arrested for admission swindle

A woman has been arrested for fraud after she allegedly swindled her landlord out of more than 500,000 yuan (US$74,459) by promising to help his daughter gain enrolment at a good primary school, the Minhang District People's Procuratorate said yesterday.

The woman, surnamed Gu, played different roles such as the school's academic affairs department director, two teachers and her 'father' who was an executive at a local public institution to contact the victim Sun and his wife on WeChat.

According to prosecutors, Sun, a manager at a local company who has several properties in Shanghai, was looking for a good primary school for his school-age daughter in 2017.

His tenant Gu told him that her father was a well-connected public institution executive.

She told Sun that her father knew the head of a famous primary school in Minhang and could help with the enrolment of his daughter.

She then asked Sun for 30,000 yuan, and later demanded more luxury gifts such as iPhones to 'grease the wheels.'

Gu also set up a WeChat group for the couple with a few 'school staff' and her 'father,' all played by herself.

Gu also used the account of her 'father' to borrow money from Sun's wife several times.

However, in March last year, the couple realized the admission letter she had given them was fake and reported the matter to the police.