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Woman hired ‘fake mum’ for 13 years to fool her grandmother

A woman hired an imposter to act as her mother for 13 years to spare her grandmother the news that her daughter had died.

Cheng Jing, 46, from Xianyang in China’s Shaanxi province, recruited the ‘fake mum’ to ensure her grandmother, He Fuyu, would never know her only child, Cheng Congrong, had died of lung cancer aged 69.

The imposter, Chen Weiping, would regularly called He but had to make up a range of excuses for reasons she couldn’t visit, including undergoing heart surgery.

Jing and the rest of the family were able to keep up the pretence until her gran’s death - just two months after her 100th birthday.

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