Bei­jing po­lice prob­ing Guo in Red Cross row

Shanghai Daily - - NATIONAL - Li Jing­hao

BEI­JING po­lice have started an of­fi­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Guo Meimei, who claimed to be the gen­eral man­ager of “Red Cross Com­merce” and flaunted her lav­ish life­style on­line, the Cai­jing Mag­a­zine re­ported yes­ter­day.

Guo re­turned to Bei­jing from Shen­zhen fol­low­ing a po­lice re­quest, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. Bei­jing po­lice de­nied on­line ru­mors that Guo was de­tained.

On Tues­day, Wang Wei, deputy di­rec­tor of the Red Cross So­ci­ety of China, said the hu­man­i­tar­ian char­ity or­ga­ni­za­tion has re­ported Guo’s be­hav­ior to po­lice, claim­ing she had fab­ri­cated facts and dis­turbed pub­lic order.

Bei­jing po­lice con­firmed to Cai­jing that Guo’s case is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion as a pub­lic se­cu­rity case.

Guo was spot­ted and pho­tographed at a Bei­jing air­port on Mon­day. At the air­port, the woman asked re­porters and ne­ti­zens to “stop fool­ing around.”

Guo has been un­der me­dia spot­light for weeks af­ter she boasted about her sports cars, de­signer hand­bags and vil­las on the In­ter­net un­der an iden­tity as­so­ci­ated with China’s Red Cross. Ne­ti­zens are ques­tion­ing whether the char­ity or­ga­ni­za­tion has been mis­us­ing donors’ money.

Though the Red Cross is­sued three state­ments on its web­site try­ing to clar­ify the sit­u­a­tion and deny­ing any links with Guo, the con­tro­versy con­tin­ues to linger among ne­ti­zens and has at­tracted me­dia at­ten­tion.

The Red Cross on Tues­day held a press con­fer­ence, again dis­pelling ru­mors about its fund man­age­ment and sus­pi­cious ties with Guo.

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