A Chinese man whose 17 girlfriends discovered each other while visiting him in the hospital last month has been arrested on fraud charges. Identified by the surname Yuan, the Changsha, China, native was injured in a traffic accident in April. UPI reports:
Medical personnel tried contacting who they thought were family members, but at least 17 women — aged between 20 and 40 years old — who each claimed to be his girlfriend showed up to his bedside and discovered each others’ existence, according to Chinese media.
Yuan was recently put under criminal detention stemming from charges of fraud, the South China Morning Post reports. Setting up an online chat forum called “revenge alliance,” Yuan’s girlfriends shared details of their relationships to him and found he had asked some of them for large sums of moneyeach month.
In early April he was reported to be facing a fraud charge for allegedly bilking his ex-wife for more than $40,000. Yuan reportedly had a child with one of the women and had planned to wed another. According to the SCMP, the scorned girlfriends changed their chat group’s name to “angels” and said they would move on with their lives.