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Girl charged with donation fraud sentenced to three years in prison

(People's Daily Online)    10:39, February 01, 2016
Girl charged with donation fraud sentenced to three years in prison

A 19-year-old girl, who was charged with fraud after cheating online donors out of nearly 100,000 yuan ($15,210) by pretending to have lost her father in the Tianjin blasts, was sentenced to imprisonment for three years along with an 8,000 yuan fine, according to Chinanews.com.

The court in Fangchenggang city of south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region said that considering the girl named Yang Cailan confessed crimes after being detained and the money was finally returned to the donors, the court showed leniency.

On Aug, 13, 2015, Yang published three posts on her Sina Weibo account, the Chinese version of Twitter, claiming that her father was killed in the explosions in Tianjin a day earlier.

The post drew a great deal of attention and 3,739 Weibo users donated 96,576.44 yuan to her online.

When the police later found her posts to be untrue, Yang was detained by local police. The money had been returned.

The court believes Yang’s behavior constituted fraud and constituted a bad influence on society. After comprehensive deliberation, the court delivered the aforementioned verdict. 

(For the latest China news, Please follow People's Daily on Twitter and Facebook)(Editor:Hongyu,Wu Chengliang)

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