Chinese inmate defrauds women with naked chat video as threat

Chinese inmate defrauds women with naked chat video as threat
A view of Nehe prison in Northeast China's Heilongjiang province.

An investigation into a prisoner who reportedly defrauded two women and allegedly had sex with another at the prison has confirmed that the suspect forced them to come to prison by using their naked videos as threats, dbw.cn reported. The official probe concluded that the inmate, surnamed Wang, swindled more than 110,000 yuan (S$23,725) from two of the victims after he befriended them through a phone chat platform.

The prisoner met the women in the meeting hall and dining hall at Nehe Prison, Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, but only during work days and always under strict monitoring by CCTV cameras and guards, according to the probe.

This is the third time that Wang Dong was jailed. He was first sent behind bars in 2005 for robbery, for fraud in 2009 and for kidnapping in 2012, Oriental Morning Post reported. He was 58 days short of his 18-birthday when he was first imprisoned in 2005, according to the newspaper.

He was living a comfortable and carefree life in the prison since being sent there in Dec 2012. He had easy access to banned items in prison because he was rich, Oriental Morning Post said.

His money originated from women outside the prison he befriended via WeChat, a popular mobile messaging/service platform in China. He had at least seven mistresses, the newspaper said.

A source close to Wang Dong told the newspaper that several prisoners gathered around him and gave their advice when Wang chatted with mistresses via WeChat. It went to the extreme that even a prison guard helped him write a message to his mistress.

The prison authorities confirmed Thursday that some prison guards violated relevant regulations and neglected their duties, dbw.cn reported.

Oriental Morning Post said at least three women had offered him huge amount of money, with one giving as much as 80,000 yuan in total. A victim, with the pseudo name Li Li, visited him at the prison several times, each time bringing him gifts worth tens of thousands yuan. He reportedly even used Li's naked photos and videos to force her to have sex with him at the prison.

Previously, thepaper.cn had reported that Wang had allegedly forced a police man's wife to have sex with him in prison. He had later posted the woman's naked photos to her relatives and friends and had telephoned her husband to do things for him. He was reported to prison authorities and the local procuratorate in November, 2014.

Oriental Morning Post reported that he gambled, drank alcohol at prison, even invited prisoners to a dinner on a day in June and consumed 855 yuan worth of kebabs.

The report from thepaper.cn also claimed that one of the victims was a worker in Nehe prison, who reportedly gave Wang 80,000 yuan for an alleged investment project but never reclaimed the money.

The prison authorities submitted the case to the local procuratorial for public prosecution. Officials and prison guards who were found violating the administrative regulations were removed from their posts.

Heilongjiang province recently witnessed several serious events breaking out in prisons and detention centres.

In Sep 2, 2014, three inmates killed a guard and escaped a detention centre in Yanshou county. In Jan 10, 2015, a prisoner and cerebral infarction patient escaped from the hospital where he was undergoing a treatment in Bayan county.

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