A 59-year old Chinese woman named Zhu Najuan accumulated over 25 million yuan (the equivalent of over three million and a half million dollars) in debt, but it’s her drastic yet fantastic method of trying to evade collectors that’s been making international headlines.
Knowing that it would only be a matter of time before financial officers or police located her after a court order for her massive debt amount, Zhu opted to go under the knife, undergoing radical plastic surgery to change her face. With a completely new appearance, Zhu intentionally vanished from life in Wuhan, hoping to evade detection and accountability for her financial fiasco.
Zhu journeyed over 130 kilometers to the city of Shenzhen to start a new life. Unfortunately for Zhu, she could neither escape her past nor her excessive spending habits. A fugitive with a new face, she continued to get by borrowing and stealing people’s identification and bank cards. With so much financial fraud under her belt, it should come as no surprise Zhu did not properly pay for the plastic surgery, opting to use some of those “borrowed” bank cards.
When law enforcement inevitably located Zhu and went to arrest her, they were understandably baffled to find a woman who looked nothing like the one they were after. She didn’t just want to change her appearance, she went out of her way to completely revitalize and beautify it!
In an interview with Xinhua news agency, the official press agency of the People’s Republic of China, one officer recalled the bizarre experience: “We were very surprised at the scene.” The officer adds that the almost sixty-year-old Zhu “looked in her thirties and was different from the photos we had.”
Eventually, Zhu confessed to both her crimes and her attempts to conceal them.
Unfortunately for Zhu, her cunning scheme didn’t work–and plastic surgery is one of those things you can’t get a refund on.