A man in Beijing claims his blackmail ploy was an April Fool’s Day prank. The court still sentenced him to 3 1/2 years in jail. Photo: Shutterstock A man in Beijing claims his blackmail ploy was an April Fool’s Day prank. The court still sentenced him to 3 1/2 years in jail. Photo: Shutterstock
A man in Beijing claims his blackmail ploy was an April Fool’s Day prank. The court still sentenced him to 3 1/2 years in jail. Photo: Shutterstock
Crime

Over-the-top April Fool’s Day blackmail prank lands Beijing man in jail 

  • The man blackmailed a doctor by pretending to be part of the military and demanding 600,000 yuan (US$91,300) with the threat of violence 
  • The court said the man had gone beyond a reasonable joke and had broken the law, despite the April Fool’s Day excuse

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A man in Beijing claims his blackmail ploy was an April Fool’s Day prank. The court still sentenced him to 3 1/2 years in jail. Photo: Shutterstock A man in Beijing claims his blackmail ploy was an April Fool’s Day prank. The court still sentenced him to 3 1/2 years in jail. Photo: Shutterstock
A man in Beijing claims his blackmail ploy was an April Fool’s Day prank. The court still sentenced him to 3 1/2 years in jail. Photo: Shutterstock
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