Chinese influencer Guo Meiling, also known as Guo Meimei, was arrested by the Shanghai police for selling diet food that contains banned substances. The product’s transaction value reached 50 million yuan (US $ 7.6 million).
Quoted from the South China Morning Post, Wednesday (14/4/2021), Pudong district police, Shanghai has issued a notification about Guo’s detention in March and later confirmed the arrest. Apart from Guo, 74 people were arrested in connection with the case.
The police themselves received a lead in December from an online advertisement for a special diet food. However, the product contains sibutramine, an appetite suppressant that is banned in China.
Police Arrested 75 Suspects
Police have arrested 75 suspects, including Mr. Guo. They also closed three production headquarters and 24 sales offices. The police secured more than 65,000 pills, 34 kg of raw materials, 3 machines and 20,000 packages.
Guo was born in 1991 in Hunan Province. She is a famous socialite, but famous for her scandals. In 2011, he posted a photo of his luxurious lifestyle on Weibo. He is wearing luxury jewelery and a limited edition Hermes wallet, and is seen driving a supercar.
He also claimed to be the general manager of a company called Red Cross Commerce, which sparked public outrage and attracted the attention of officials. This tarnished the reputation of the Red Cross because the public doubted the misuse of donations. Meanwhile, the organization denied any relationship with Mr. Guo.
In 2014, Guo was arrested for allegedly running gambling, engaging in prostitution and posting gambling information online during the World Cup. In 2015, Guo was sentenced to five years in prison for operating an illegal casino. He was released in July 2019.