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The Qianlong sword displayed in Cheng Hong's museum is said to be worth 1.2 million yuan.

Cheng Hong, a wealthy businessman in Xifeng County, Liaoning, once opened the first private museum in northern Liaoning. Now he is detained for fundraising fraud.

On January 1, pedestrians walked through the red Lucheng Museum, which has been sealed up, and the Xifeng County Government is registering cultural relics.

In 2011, Xifeng County government officials participated in the opening ceremony of the Lucheng Museum.

More than 400 people in Xifeng County, a small city in northern Liaoning, fell into a fund-raising trap, involving nearly 57 million yuan. The main figure suspected of "funding fraud" is a XNUMX-year-old lady Cheng Hong who has only received high school education. Cheng Hong's methods are not complicated. She built a private museum and used it as a "mortgage" to absorb funds at high interest rates. At the time of the case, Cheng Hong took away the funds and left cultural relics of value to be identified.

Such a simple "scam" can take effect, not because people can't see the flaws, but because they have the power to endorse them, and the desire for money strips people of their remaining rationality.

At present, Cheng Hong, her husband, son, daughter, and daughter-in-law have all been detained under criminal detention. Fund-raisers are waiting for the government to track down funds and appraise cultural relics.

At around 1 o'clock in the morning of January 6, the temperature was minus 9 degrees Celsius. In front of the Xifeng County Letters and Calls Center, more than 20 people stood densely in the snow. From time to time, people came from all directions to join them.

"So many valuable cultural relics are still displayed in the museum, will nothing happen?" Liu Wenqiang (pseudonym), a cultural relic collector, crowded in the crowd, particularly nervous.

In the past 3 years, people present at the scene lent Cheng Hong with 2.5 cents of monthly profit, ranging from millions to ten thousand yuan.

The museum mentioned by Liu Wenqiang is the Lucheng Museum in Xifeng County founded by Cheng Hong. It is known as the first private museum in northern Liaoning and has more than 3000 “precious” cultural relics from Liao to Qing.

A month ago, Cheng Hong and his children suddenly disappeared; afterwards, the police announced that Cheng Hong and his husband, who was a representative of the Tieling City People’s Congress, and their daughter, son, and daughter-in-law who were civil servants in Xifeng County, were detained on suspicion of fundraising fraud and other crimes.

Faced with the sharp turn of the situation, fundraisers were at a loss.

They braved the severe cold to attend the briefing on the case held at the Petition Center, hoping to learn about the flow of funds and the results of the disposal and sale of cultural relics collected by Cheng Hong.

The briefing stated that as of January 1 this year, the Cheng Hong family involved more than 6 million yuan in the case and 9700 persons were involved. However, the flow of funds raised has not yet been ascertained, and the museum's cultural relics are still being counted and their value has not yet been appraised.

There are already whispers in the crowd that cultural relics may be fakes. Standing in the crowd, Liu Wenqiang felt his head buzzing: Is this "enthusiastic sister" who can "call the wind and call the rain" and "sit on the treasure house" in Xifeng County, really a liar?