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Some people will always end up regretting having plastic surgery, but perhaps none more so than this woman, whose cosmetic surgery ended up getting her arrested. The fugitive tried to evade Chinese police by having her face remodelled – but the plan backfired when her new appearance aroused suspicion at airport security, and she was taken into custody.

The 21-year-old, who has been wanted on charges of blackmail since 2012, was arrested at Xi’an Xianyang International Airport at the end of February. Airport officials said they first became suspicious because the woman did not look like the photo ID she was using as she made the journey to visit her alleged accomplice in custody.

It’s alleged that the woman, who is from Xianyang, Shaanxi, worked together with two men to blackmail another man out of 39,700 yuan (US$6,462) in November 2012. The case involved a so-called “badger game“, in which a male victim is tricked into some kind of compromising position, evidence of which is then used as blackmail.

▼ The only happy thing about this story, really, is that no badgers were harmed.

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When they heard that the police were looking for them, the three split up, and the woman laid low in nearby Xi’an, where she seems to have worked odd jobs for a while before hitting on the idea of changing her appearance to avoid capture.

In December, after undergoing cosmetic surgery on her nose and eyes, the woman realised that she now looked rather a lot like her cousin. Hearing that her accomplice had been arrested, she had another bright idea – go and visit her arrested friend, using her cousin’s identity papers!

▼ The unnamed suspect, before and after surgery.

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She hadn’t counted on the eagle-eyed staff at Xi’an Xianyang International Airport, however. Despite the woman having had her nose and eyes reshaped, the staff at passport control realised that her ears didn’t match the photo (which begs the question, what kind of amazingly distinctive ears does her cousin have?). When questioned, the woman confessed and was quickly arrested.

So what conclusions can we draw from this sorry tale? Don’t have plastic surgery to avoid the police – or if you do, at least make sure you pick the right body part to change.

▼ Van Gogh knew a bit about ear-related regret, too.

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 Source: Techinsight via livedoor
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