She cons Beijing elite

She cons Beijing elite
Wang Ti cheated victims of $12.5 million.

How has she conned the high and the mighty over three years of about 60 million yuan (S$12.5 million) by selling them houses and cars?

Her victims included 26 Olympic medallists such as gymnasts Yang Wei, Yang Yun and Feng Zhe, and swimming star Luo Xuejuan.

TV actress Wang Likun and 22 other celebrities were also defrauded, Chinese media reported.

She convinced the elite of Beijing that she was one among them.

But in real life, Wang Ti's father was a handyman and her mother a bank clerk.

Wang, 32, told her "elite" friends that she had connections in high places, including the most powerful in the Chinese Communist Party.

Wang's bluff was called when one of the victims reported her to the police.

On Christmas Day, the Chinese state media reported that she was jailed for life.

Written testimonies from her trial, obtained by UK daily The Telegraph, offered an insight into the lavish lives of the Beijing elite filled with intoxicating greed for luxury.

"She drove a Bentley convertible and always had the latest mobile phone and a fancy watch," said one of her biggest victims, who asked not to be named because his family is still unaware of the huge sums he lost to Wang.

The victim said: "She was not stunning, and her clothes were not spectacular, but you could tell they were very expensive."

After divorcing her footballer husband, Wang passed herself off as the daughter of Mr Li Changchun, once a member of the Politburo Standing Committee.

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