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Lawsuit: Bride left groom at altar after swiping $287K in gifts

March 17, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Lawsuit: Bride left groom at altar after swiping $287K in gifts

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In a recently filed lawsuit, a jilted groom claimed that his gold-digger bride-to-be stole $287,000 in money and gifts from her fiance then took off.

Jin Dong is suing his ex, Yu Qing Weng, and her family in Manhattan Supreme Court, seeking the return of his engagement bounty, according to the New York Daily News

Dong and Weng, who migrated to New York from China’s Fujian province, became engaged in 2016. They were planning a ceremony in Queens that was set for January 2017.

“In exchange for the promise to marry him and in the custom of his country, Jin Dong” paid six figures for the wedding and gifts, according to the Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit.

The money to pay for the six-figure party was collected from Dong’s friends and relatives.

The man spent $55,833 on the hall, $3,300 for photos, $1,800 for a master of ceremonies, $4,000 for a procession, and $1,000 for the cake.

Furthermore, he gave his future in-laws a $63,000 dowry. An additional $5,300 “gift of appreciation” was given to his mother-in-law. The bride’s brother and grandmother both were given $2,000 — “all in anticipation of the marriage,” the suit states.

Weng received $110,000 in cash and “exquisite gold jewelry valued at approximately $40,000,” according to court documents.

The couple relished at the lavish banquet, but then Weng dragged her feet when it came time to wed Dong in a civil ceremony.

In August, she “left the home she shared with Jin Dong, never to return,” the legal documents stated.

“Weng took the money and jewelry she received in anticipation of the marriage with her when she left.”

Her mother only gave back $1,500 to Dong. He asked his ex and her family to return the rest of the cash, but they’ve declined, and he believes that the engagement was a scam.

“Yu Qing Weng never intended to marry the plaintiff,” Dong states in court documents.

Instead, she urged him to propose to her “without any intention of keeping her promise to him to obtain money and jewelry,” the suit added.

He filed the lawsuit to get back the $287,000 he spent on the party and gifts.

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