Guo Meimei, the 23-year-old woman who landed the Red Cross in China in a credibility crisis, has been investigated for being deeply involved with illegal gambling and the sex trade, and for spreading rumors.
Guo was arrested on July 10 on suspicion of taking part in illegal World Cup soccer gambling activities.She later confessed to police that she had nothing to do with the Red Cross Society of China, Xinhua News Agency reported via China Daily.
According to the South China Morning Post, she appeared on state television wearing orange prison attire on Sunday night, remorseful and in tears over her luxurious lifestyle and the public relations stunt that single-handedly destroyed the society's reputation.
In a confession aired on China Central Television on Sunday night, Guo said she fabricated her affiliation with the Red Cross purely out of vanity.
“I like to show off. I have the vain mindset of a little girl. None of my relatives and friends, including my ex-boyfriend, were staff members of the RCSC. I didn't know anyone from the Red Cross. I made a huge mistake to gratify my vanity," Guo said.
"I want to say sorry to the Red Cross, all of society and especially to all the people who cannot get aid from the Red Cross (because of my false claims).
Guo further admitted to operating an illegal gambling venue in Beijing as well as prostituting herself to unnamed men, reports Shanghaiist.
“There are many men who’d pay anything to sleep with me," she was quoted as saying. "There is never short of men who want me to be their mistress. But I don’t say yes to them all, because I have my standards, too.”
According to Beijing police, Guo's wealth came from illegal gambling, commercial performances including singing, and the sex trade.
In mid-2011, Guo claimed on social media she was a manager of an organization under the charity, and openly flaunted her wealth and extravagance.
Her posts triggered concern over how donations are used by the country's State-run charitable organizations and dealt a major blow to the RCSC, which has been struggling to regain trust since the scandal.