Show-Off Mistress Tips Chinese to Red Cross Graft

Charity accused of embezzling public donations
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2011 2:57 AM CDT
"Guo Meimei" posted multiple photos of herself with luxury cars and designer goods.   (Weibo)

(Newser) – One young woman's online boasting will likely derail the gravy train for a lot of people involved with the Red Cross Society of China. After the 20-year-old vamp's posts on China's equivalent of Twitter showed her with luxury cars and designer goods and identified her as a Red Cross manager, outraged Internet users searched for her real identity and sparked a massive scandal in the process, CNN reports.

The netizens discovered that she wasn't a Red Cross official, but the mistress of a businessman who ran charity drives for the organization, which is closely linked to the Chinese government and is a member of the International Red Cross. The uproar has put alleged corruption and embezzlement of donations at China's biggest charity under the spotlight. Even state-run media outlets have publicly asked whether the Red Cross will ever be able to regain the country's trust.

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