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China Olympian's lover jailed for life for $10M fraud: media
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A car driven by a student of a driving school slowly moves around the carpark in front of the deserted 2008 Beijing Olympics venue for the cycling competition in central Beijing March 30, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray
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BEIJING: The ex-girlfriend of a Chinese Olympic gymnastics champion has been sentenced to life in jail for defrauding other star athletes and celebrities of nearly $10 million, state-run media said on Wednesday.

Wang Ti -- whose then boyfriend Xiao Qin won pommel horse gold at the 2008 Beijing Games -- cheated "more than two dozen well-known figures in the sports and entertainment industries", the China Daily reported.

Among the victims were gymnasts Yang Wei, who won the 2008 men's individual all-round title, and his wife Yang Yun, who won a bronze at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

"Many victims trusted Xiao, considering his social influence, so they gave money to his girlfriend," a lawyer for several victims told the China Daily.

Wang pretended to be the daughter of various high-level officials, claiming that enabled her to buy properties and luxury cars at a reduced price, the paper said.

Altogether she obtained 58 million yuan ($9.6 million) and HK$2 million ($260,000), it added.

Wang plans to appeal her life sentence, which was handed down by a Beijing court in early December.

 
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