Man accused of defrauding 6 girlfriends

Police say claims that suspect owned pet shops, drove luxury cars and came from a rich family were false
Chen Huizhi / SHINE

The 21-year-old is in custody after police investigated a former girlfriend's complaint

A 21-year-old man has been detained for allegedly defrauding six girlfriends of over 400,000 yuan (US$58,000), Shanghai police said on Tuesday.

Police claim the man, surnamed Li, told his girlfriends he owned pet shops, drove luxury cars and came from a rich family before borrowing money from them. 

But none of that was true, police said. The pet shops were not his and the cars were rented or borrowed from friends. Li had no stable job, they said, and lived with his younger half-brother on his mother’s monthly income of 7,000 to 8,000 yuan.

Police in Huangpu District said they launched an investigation after receiving a complaint from a former girlfriend.

She said she had allowed Li to borrow money from an online loans company using her ID card but never returned the money.

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