Waiter, There’s An Ant In My Tea!

09May07

Why it just doesn’t pay to sell tea (or wine) made of ants.

A Chinese man has been sentenced to death for conning people out of 3 billion yuan ($387 million) in a giant scam to breed ants, local media said Thursday. Wang Zhendong, from the northeastern province of Liaoning, fabricated a business purported to be making wine, tea and medical elixirs using mature ants, the Beijing News said. [link]

I suppose immature ants just didn’t impart the right flavor.

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4 Responses to “Waiter, There’s An Ant In My Tea!”

  1. 1 Phyll

    If you ask me, the investors had it coming themselves. I didn’t know China executes fraudsters…I thought they only execute corruptors. If that’s the case, um, a lot of people related to the tea business in China are potentially executable.

  2. 2 Phyll

    ^ Correction: I thought they execute corruptors but not fraudsters. As we know, China executes a lot of people…in justice or otherwise.

  3. 3 Nikhil

    Indeed. Perhaps 10,000 executions a year, according to The New York Times.

    Yes, I was very surprised at the death penalty for a fraud case. His defense was not very impressive, though:

    “In his defense, Wang said he did not know the first thing about raising ants and was “quite unclear” about the costs”

  4. Pretty! This has been a really wonderful post.
    Many thanks for supplying these details.


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