Date
19 October 2017
Guo Meimei, a woman infamous for flaunting wealth, has been arrested by Beijing police over illegal soccer betting. Photo:Guo's microblog
Guo Meimei, a woman infamous for flaunting wealth, has been arrested by Beijing police over illegal soccer betting. Photo:Guo's microblog

Internet celeb Guo Meimei arrested for illegal football betting

There’s no keeping Guo Meimei down and that seems to be her undoing.

Three years after the 23-year-old dented the Red Cross Society of China’s credibility and became an object of scorn for flaunting her wealth, Guo has been arrested in Beijing for illegal soccer betting.

Beijing police said in a statement Thursday that Guo laid World Cup bets with illegal overseas websites using her phone and WeChat. Henan Business Daily reported that she posted pictures of her betting receipts on her microblog, saying she’s a fan of Brazilian star Neymar. But all of her World Cup-related posts have since been deleted.

Guo is best known for bringing the Chinese Red Cross into disrepute in 2011 when she claimed to be the general manager of a Red Cross commercial unit at the same time as she boasted about her luxurious lifestyle. Her microblog was jam-packed with photos of her showing off her Maseratis and Lamborghinis, expensive handbags and palatial villa.

Although the RCSC insisted there was no such a commercial unit and it had no direct link with the woman, the damage was done and public donations to the charity group plunged.

It’s not known how Guo came by her apparent wealth but unlike most rich Chinese people who try to keep a low profile in public, Guo rode out the scandal posting selfies and continuing to revel in the high life. Throughout it all, the rumor mill has continued to churn, claiming that debt collectors were on her tail until a mysterious boyfriend agreed to cover untold millions in losses at Macau’s casinos in April.

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