Shocking Story: Millionaire Chinese Woman, Who Adopted 118 Orphans and Got Cancer, Arrested For Blackmail

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A huge scandal hit China over the millionaire orphanage owner – Li Lijuan – who adopted 118 children and recently was arrested due to money stealing, local media reports.

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Love Village is over

The orphanage, named Love Village, gained fame after its owner Li Lijuan, who claimed to be a millionaire, said she had adopted 118 abandoned, disabled babies or orphans. Her deeds were widely reported by the media and she became a positive figure nationwide.

After gaining fame, Li started to use the charity to accumulate her own wealth, said the authorities, adding that she had received a large amount of public funding and money from philanthropists.

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Source: Shanghaiist via Medium

She owned multiple real estate properties, luxury vehicles and had a large amount of cash in her bank account, states the release.

Li Lijuan, 48, was also charged with “disturbing social order”, and her bank account, holding more than 20 million yuan (US$3.1 million) and over US$20,000, was frozen, Shanghai-based news portal Thepaper.cn reported.

Li reportedly blackmailed 70,000 yuan ($10,997) from a company who wished to pass a fiber-optic cable above her Love Village welfare house. She also exhorted a hotel and a hospital for nearly 300,000 yuan ($47,131).

Some orphans Li adopted actually have parents, said authorities. Their names were used by Li’s Love Village in order to deceive the authorities into giving them basic living allowances, reads the release.

The 74 orphans at the shelter are being taken good care of after the closing of the orphanage, the authorities said. Sixty-nine of them are disabled or infants and three of them are adults. Three other children were found outside of the orphanage, the report said.

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Source: Shanghaiist via Medium

“Any new information on this matter will be published on the Wu’an official WeChat platform,” Wang Haibo, the director of the Wu’an Publicity Department, told the Global Times on Sunday.

Li’s arrest shocked the public leading to many comments about her presumed guilt. The authorities said she will be judged in a court of law.

Her arrest came two weeks after Wuan authorities claimed on April 21 that Li, who made a fortune from iron ore mines to become the city’s richest woman, had breached civil affairs regulations by failing to register Love Village with the local civil affairs administration since 2014.

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Source: Shanghaiist via Medium

News portal Jiemian.com earlier quoted Li as saying that she did not register the orphanage because she was told that the local government was doing away with some approvals to streamline bureaucracy.

Li’s daughter, Li Dan, said the allegations against her mother were ridiculous and the money in her mother’s bank account was compensation from a government takeover of the iron ore mines, Jiemian reported.


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