emonstrating why you should never ever mess with The Mouse, a woman has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for some serious Disney fraud.
The 27-year-old woman, named Yuan Xiaoting, passed herself off as the assistant general manager of Shanghai Disneyland, offering agents “half-price tickets” on WeChat during the first half of last year. In fact, Yuan had bought the tickets at full price before selling them at a discount in order to gain the trust of agents.
Five such agents were won over, eventually forwarding Yuan large amounts of money ahead of time. In total, she managed to collect around 9 million yuan ($1.32 million). She spent about 2 million yuan ($300,000) of this on Disney tickets and products while using the remaining 7 million yuan ($1 million) to pay off her debts and for plastic surgery.
As you might have figured, this scheme could not go on forever. After a few months, Yuan told the agents that management had caught on to her scalping and she would therefore not be able to provide them with tickets any longer. Suspicious, the victims finally did some research, discovering that Yuan wasn’t the assistant general manager of Disney after all and reporting her to police.
At a trial last month in Shanghai, she pleaded guilty to fraud. Earlier this week, the court doled out punishment, sentencing her to 13 years in prison, fining her 300,000 yuan ($43,000), and ordering her to repay the victims she had scammed.