A young Chinese woman who once flaunted her wealth on social media and attributed her fortune to her work with the Red Cross has apologized, calling her actions “a huge mistake”, state news agency Xinhua reported Monday.
Guo Meimei, 23, said she did not work as a commercial unit manager of the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) and had damaged its reputation by lying about it. She said she regretted her actions.
Guo made the confession while in detention in July for illegal soccer betting, the report said.
She had been arrested during a raid on an underground gambling parlor operating clandestine websites overseas for betting on the recent World Cup tournament in Brazil.
“None of my family and friends, or myself was a staff of RCSC. I made a huge mistake by seriously damaging its reputation for my vanity”, Guo was quoted as saying.
In 2011, Guo showed off her wealth and lifestyle to the world in a series of photos and social media posts. These included fancy cars and expensive handbags, sparking speculation about the source of her fortune.
That remains a mystery but police said Guo has been operating an illegal gambling business for high rollers and a high-class sex syndicate. She has traveled more than 60 times to Hong Kong, Macau and other places abroad as part of the operation, according to the report.
Guo had said she managed a commercial division at RCSC but the latter denied any such unit.
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