In a startling revelation, it has been reported that a Chinese woman, known only by the pseudonym Guan Yue, managed to maintain a facade of employment for three years, juggling a staggering 16 corporate jobs, all without ever setting foot in any of her workplaces.
This audacious feat was part of a labor-fraud operation that amounted to nearly $7 million, as disclosed by the Chinese state-owned newspaper Xinmin.
Guan Yue meticulously documented her ever-growing list of job positions on a simple sheet of paper. When attending job interviews, she craftily snapped pictures during the process and shared them in her employers’ work communication channels, cunningly suggesting she was actively engaging with clients and colleagues.
As her list of job offers continued to expand beyond her capacity, she ingeniously passed on these positions to trusted friends while pocketing a commission for her role as a middleman.
This elaborate scheme wasn’t a one-woman operation, as Guan Yue’s husband was also deeply entwined in the intricate web of deceit.
Together, they amassed substantial earnings from their fraudulent activities, channeling the illicit funds through a labyrinth of bank accounts. The couple’s ill-gotten wealth culminated in the purchase of a luxurious apartment in Shanghai.
The sprawling labor-fraud operation involved hundreds of companies, but the house of cards came crashing down in January when an observant internet-tech CEO, identified under the pseudonym Liu Jian, made a crucial discovery.
Subsequently, he terminated their employment, only to stumble upon a shocking revelation. The group’s leader, referred to pseudonymously as Yang Hong in the newspaper, mistakenly shared an incriminating image in a work communication channel, disclosing his dual employment status.
This revelation prompted Liu Jian to contact the authorities, resulting in a sweeping investigation that led to the arrest of 53 individuals linked to the elaborate labor-fraud scheme.
Xinmin emphasizes that this form of labor fraud represents a widespread and pressing issue within China, with an estimated 700-800 organized groups routinely engaging in the practice of holding multiple positions simultaneously.
These groups, as reported by the newspaper, have honed their skills in securing employment, presenting themselves as highly skilled interviewees, and fabricating impeccably polished resumes, despite their fraudulent nature.