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Chinese Romeo takes cash from yet another ‘girlfriend’, but claims she’s the ‘only one’ for him

PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 September, 2016, 1:18pm
UPDATED : Friday, 02 September, 2016, 4:40pm

A man in central China who made international headlines last year by stringing along 17 girlfriends at the same time has again fallen afoul of an irate love, Changsha newspaper Xiaoxiang Chen Bao reports.

A woman surnamed Liu from Changsha, Hunan province, said she was tricked out of 20,000 yuan (HK$23,000) by Yuan Zhengyi, who was exposed last year for also taking money from his many girlfriends, the report said.

The two met around May this year after Liu posted a dating profile on WeChat and met Yuan, who claimed to be a millionaire. Once they were dating, he started to borrow money from her.

Her suspicions when aroused when Yuan declined to meet her parents. An online search brought up stories on last year’s playboy, and Liu noted he looked like her boyfriend.

China's Romeo gets his comeuppance after wooing at least 17 ‘Juliets’ at the same time

“He told me he had 41 girlfriends before,” Liu told the newspaper. “But who has not been in love? I like men who decide to focus on one person after having played around enough.”

The case of China’s Romeo gained the spotlight last year after the man surnamed Yuan was in a car accident and 17 tearful girlfriends rushed to his bedside. including one who claimed he was the father of her son.

He was alleged to have swindled tens of thousands of yuan from the women, aged between 20 and 40, who later set up an online chat group called the “revenge alliance”.

Too early to say if Changsha man’s 17 girlfriends were victims of scam, police say

Liu told the newspaper she wants to restart the group for women cheated by Yuan.

Yuan was taken to a police station on Thursday afternoon but released soon after on lack of evidence, a later report said.

When reached by reporters, Yuan admitted he was the “playboy” from last year but denied he was cheating on Liu.

“Miss Liu is the only one right now,” he said. “Some of my old girlfriends wanted to come back to me, but I refused.”