In today’s fast-paced world, many individuals find themselves stuck in jobs they dislike, solely to secure a paycheck. However, a fascinating yet illegal story from China introduces us to a woman who devised a unique way to earn a living without putting in any real effort.
She managed to hold down an astonishing 16 different jobs without actually doing any work, ultimately allowing her and her husband to afford a luxurious villa. This incredible tale of deception and ambition will leave you both amazed and puzzled.
The Deceptive Lifestyle
Meet Guan Yue, a Chinese woman who, along with her husband Chen Qiang, was part of a huge criminal ring comprised of at least 53 members, according to China.com.
Guan’s audacity was astounding; she would accept job offers from multiple companies, regardless of her current employment status. What made her scheme even more audacious was her ability to fake her way through these jobs effortlessly.
Guan’s modus operandi involved pretending to have client meetings and appearing perpetually busy. To maintain this facade, she would take photos during job interviews and send them to company group chats, pretending that the photos were her meeting her clients.
Remarkably, despite seemingly working for 16 different companies, she was actually doing no real work at all.
To prevent any mistakes or mix-ups, Guan meticulously maintained detailed records on A4 papers for each of her “positions,” including start dates, job titles, and the bank accounts of each of the company, according to Oriental Daily.
If she found herself overwhelmed with job offers, she would reportedly “sell” them to others and take a commission from the job customer.
For a staggering three years, Guan managed to keep up this ruse successfully. With the combined salary payments from her fake jobs, she and her husband achieved the seemingly impossible and managed to buy an expensive villa with their ill-gotten proceeds.
Unmasking the Fraud
The plot thickened in October 2022 when a tech company in Shanghai was looking to hire sales applicants with rich marketing experience.
Eight applicants with impressive resumes were hired, with salaries ranging from 8000 yuan to 20,000 yuan, plus commissions for the core team leader, Yang Hong.
However, just three months later, the so-called “experienced” team had produced no results, leading the company owner, Mr. Liu, to terminate their employment. The team, now jobless, demanded their full salaries, which the company was compelled to comply.
The turning point came when Yang Hong inadvertently uploaded a photo of his resignation letter from another company to the group chat by mistake—a company he had supposedly left.
Mr. Liu, the company’s owner, became suspicious when he noticed the overlap in Yang Hong’s work at the two companies.
Upon further investigation, it was discovered that all eight applicants had been employed simultaneously in both companies, revealing a wage-cheating scam.
Mr. Liu promptly contacted the police, setting off a chain of events that would eventually expose the wage-cheating ring.
A Web of Deception
In fact, this was not the first time employers had suspected Guan’s wage-cheating ring’s activities, but previous cases often lacked concrete evidence.
The fraudsters, however, were skilled at manipulating the arbitration process, often helping each other escape consequences.
However, this time was different. The police found Mr. Liu’s evidence compelling enough to warrant a thorough investigation.
Yang Hong’s bank accounts were traced back to funds from over 100 companies over three years, serving as a critical lead in the case.
The investigation intensified, collecting hundreds of sets of employee records from various employers. On March 8, 2023, the police finally closed the net, arresting 53 suspects, including Guan and Chen. Shockingly, their crimes amounted to more than 50 million yuan.