An engaged Brooklyn woman milked her would-be spouse out of $287,033 in cash gifts, jewelry and costs linked to their pre-wedding reception, according to a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit.
Jilted groom Jin Dong of Manhattan said his bride-to-be moved out of their home in August 2017 without the couple ever tying the knot,NY Daily reports.
Defendant Yu Qing Weng “inducted plaintiff to marry her … without any intention of keeping her promise in order to obtain the money and jewelry,” alleged the lawsuit filed Wednesday.
Weng collected her pre-nuptial windfall in January 2017 — and disappeared seven months later with “all of the money and jewelry she received in anticipation of the contemplated marriage,” according to the lawsuit.
She fled with $40,000 in “exquisite betrothal gold jewelry” and a $63,300 cash dowry paid by the groom as is the custom in their native China, the lawsuit charged.
Dong additionally paid his fiancee’s mom an additional $5,300 “gift of appreciation” along with an extra $2,000 apiece to Weng’s grandmother and kid brother.
The lawsuit specifically charges Dong’s family and friends gave $110,000 in cash that disappeared along with Weng. In addition to the runaway bride, the lawsuit cites her parents Mei Zhu Weng and QiYong Weng.
The couple “had an intimate relationship” before announcing their engagement in 2016, followed by a traditional wedding banquet “in anticipation of a contemplated civil marriage,” court papers said.
Dong then picked up the pricey tab for the pre-wedding reception only to end up with a broken heart and depleted bank account.