Date
21 October 2017
He fled to Thailand and changed his appearance, but Chinese police caught up with him in Pattaya. Photo: internet
He fled to Thailand and changed his appearance, but Chinese police caught up with him in Pattaya. Photo: internet

Plastic surgery fails to hide fugitive exec from Chinese cops

He changed his face, but that didn’t stop the Chinese cops.

Mainland Chinese police detained a senior investment executive who fled to Thailand and underwent plastic surgery.

The man, surnamed He, was allegedly involved in illegal fundraising and embezzlement of 160 million yuan (US$24.7 million), Reuters reported Friday, citing the official Xinhua news agency. 

Police from Jiangxi province said they made the arrest in late November in Pattaya in southern Thailand.

China has been cracking down on risky and illegal behavior in the finance sector since a stock market crash in the summer, pulling in senior finance executives and officials for questioning.

Authorities said the fugitive had undergone various procedures to hide his identity and avoid detection.

“The changes are conspicuous. He got double eyelid surgery and removed buccal [cheek] fat, although his body shape remained roughly the same,” Xinhua said, citing a police officer surnamed Huang.

It said police believed he had also had laser eye surgery.

Xinhua said He engaged in the illegal behavior as the legal representative of an investment management firm between January 2013 and July this year.

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