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Ex-girlfriend of 'Fat Cat' didn't scam him

By Tan Yingzi and Deng Rui in Chongqing | China Daily | Updated: 2024-05-21 09:32
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Chinese authorities have cleared the ex-girlfriend of a gamer who committed suicide in April, finding no evidence of financial wrongdoing.

Liu Jia, 21, known online as "Fat Cat," took his own life in the Yangtze River after breaking up with his girlfriend, surnamed Tan, 27. The case gained national attention after his sister, Liu Yi, accused the ex-girlfriend of defrauding her brother.

An investigation by the Nan'an District Public Security Bureau concluded Sunday that Liu and Tan were in a genuine relationship for over two years, during which time they shared finances and planned a future together. The police found no proof that Tan fabricated facts or defrauded Liu.

Following mediation, Tan reconciled with Liu's parents and repaid any financial discrepancies. Police closed the case against Tan on May 11, and Liu Yi acknowledged the decision.

However, the investigation revealed that Liu Yi manipulated online discourse after her brother's death. She posted private messages and financial transactions between Liu and Tan on Douyin, the Chinese version of the TikTok video-sharing platform.

Liu Yi also used fake accounts to comment on posts and sway discussions while memorializing her brother. She encouraged others to reveal Tan's personal information, leading to online harassment and threats.

Liu Yi admitted to these actions, and police are considering further charges based on their investigation.

The "Fat Cat Incident" has sparked discussions about relationships and online behavior.

"Public opinion should not override legal judgment," China Women's News commented Monday.

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