Matters of the heart

Man who has ’17 girlfriends’ arrested for fraud

Last month, an awkward situation arose when a shadowy figure identified only as “Mr. Yuan” from the city of Changsha in China’s Hunan province wound up in the hospital after being involved in an accident. Some 17 women rushed to the hospital to see him and, to their astonishment, discovered that Yuan had secretly been dating them all — simultaneously. He even had a child with one woman and was reportedly planning a wedding with another woman. “I was really worried when I heard he was in the hospital,” said Xiao Li, one of Yuan’s girlfriends said at the time. “But when I started seeing more and more beautiful girls show up, I couldn’t cry any more.” Just when it seemed the story couldn’t get any worse, it did. As the women began to talk amongst themselves, they realized Yuan had been soliciting money — often in large sums — from them, which they regularly gave him, each of them unaware of the other 16 women doing the same. Authorities have charged Yuan with fraud. Some on the Internet have charged him with being a jerk. Both appear likely to stick.

Read the full story at the BBC.

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