Fake cop, real con

Fake cop, real con
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He had everything that made him look like a real policeman.

The man from Wuhan in central China had uniforms, handcuffs and even a car with a siren.

He called himself Inspector Lei, The Guardian reported.

But he was anything but a cop.

His bluff was called after his girlfriend, known only as Tingting, went to the real police to expose him.

She had threatened to leave him and the "inspector" hit back, saying he would post online a video of them having sex.

Tingting did not back down and the conman was finally caught.

When police raided his home last week, they were shocked to find a fake police station which had been meticulously crafted by the conman.

His wardrobe was also filled with the uniforms of a crime-busting police officer and his office contained a variety of stun guns for subduing the outlaws he had claimed to hunt.

Photographs published in a local newspaper even showed a bust of Mao Zedong and a Chinese flag adorning his imitation interrogation room.

"With his disguise, he was very deceptive," Mr Tang Hui, the police officer tasked with investigating the impersonator, was quoted as saying.

So what was the fake cop using the elaborate con for?

To make money, according to Chinese newspaper reports.

For at least two years, he sold falsified Public Security Bureau documents and warrants from his fake station.

Warnings

It was Tingting's friends who first smelled a rat and tried to warn her.

The Chutian Metropolis Daily newspaper that one friend told her "your boyfriend is not reliable."

"He always flirts with us online and is a total scoundrel."

Yet Tingting did not buy it because his acting skills were so convincing.

But things began to unravel when she threatened to leave him.

During a search of the conman's home-cum-interrogation centre, security officials uncovered a cache of forged documents, a GPS tracking device and a miniature surveillance camera.


This article was first published on July 22, 2015.
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