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Layered money laundering scheme attracts widespread intrigue | Updated: 2023-03-13 19:45
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A woman who brought a silk banner as a gift to police was put into custody due to alleged money laundering, as Yinzhou district of Ningbo, Zhejiang province, played host to a bizarre case full of twists and turns.

The woman, surnamed Chen, was involved in a chain of closely connected cases both as victim and suspect.

On Sept 10, Chen called the police to say her friend surnamed Li and about 300,000 yuan ($43,440) were taken away by two men claiming to be policemen.

After investigation, Yinzhou police found out the whole thing was staged and it was Li who hired two men to pose as police officers to get Chen's money to pay for a gambling debt.

Police — real officers this time — recovered the money.

Later on Sept 23, Chen was told to come to the police station to reclaim her money. Chen arrived happily with a silk banner in order to thank the officers.

However, right after she entered, Chen was arrested. She cried out : "I'm here to thank you, why are you arresting me?"

It turned out Chen was listed as a suspect for money laundrering in a prior case where a man was arrested for the same crime. In this case, not only was Chen listed as a suspect, Yinzhou police learned there might be a enormous criminal organization involved.

Chen's subsequent confession provided evidence for an investigation into the criminal gang.

As of Feb 14, 72 were arrested following Chen's apprehension, with the sum involved in the case going up to 25 million yuan.

The gang was rooted out completely, Yinzhou district police said in a release on WeChat on March 2.

The unusual case was a source of intrigue online. "Why did she dare to call the police? That was a ballsy act," one netizen commented.

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