According to BBC report, a Chinese woman who adopted 118 children has been jailed for 20 years for fraud.
54-year-old Li Yanxia is a former orphanage owner, was once considered a philanthropist for adopting 118 children, earning her the nickname ‘Love Mother’
Love Mother was also fined 2.67m yuan (£311,000; $388,000).
In 2006, Li drew attention by adopting dozens of children in Wu’an after her ex-husband allegedly sold their son to a trafficker for 7000 yuan. She then became one of the richest women in Hebei.
On Wednesday Wu’an Court in Hebei found Li guilty of committing fraud together with the gang amongst other crimes to obtain vast economic benefits.
Her boyfriend Xu Qi was also charged with disturbing social order, extortion, fraud and intentional injury. Qi given 12.5 years in jail and a fine of 1.2m yuan.
Fourteen other accomplices were convicted and were jailed for up to four years.
According to Wu’an Court, Li had abused the orphanage’s influence.
Li had over 20 million yuan and $20,000 in her bank accounts as well as luxury vehicles. Police found that she had been engaging in illegal activities since 2011.
The ‘Love Mother’ also reportedly used some of her adopted children to disrupt work on construction sites. She would make them run under trucks to prevent construction from continuing and then would blackmail the construction companies.
When Li was detained in May 2018, there were 74 children left in the village.
The children have since been transferred to the government and school facilities.
Goldennewsnow gathers that Many on social media in China have condemned her actions, calling her a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
“Disgusting. My uncle actually donated to her [orphanage] before,” said one commenter on Weibo.
“I once called her Love Mother,” said another user. “I want to take it back… there’s no love in her at all. She’s not worthy of that name.”