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Jan 24, 2019 06:55 PM
SOCIETY & CULTURE

Inside Quanjian: The Alleged Pyramid Scheme Blamed for a Toddler's Death

A closed Quanjian branch in Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan province on Jan. 7. Photo: VCG
A closed Quanjian branch in Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan province on Jan. 7. Photo: VCG

Touting questionable products like magnetic insoles and “negative-ion” sanitary pads, Shu Yuhui built a business empire that brought in an annual revenue of 19.2 billion yuan ($2.82 billion) at its peak and included hospitals, a traditional Chinese medicine theme park and a professional soccer club.

All that came to an end in December, when a viral article published by Chinese medical news site Dingxiangyuan alleged a 4-year-old with cancer had died in 2015 after taking herbal products advertised by Shu’s Quanjian Group as cancer cures.

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