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Guo Meimei stands trial for gambling charges

Guo Meimei stands trial in a court in Beijing on September 10, 2015. Photo:

A court hearing on the case of Guo Meimei, a Chinese Internet celebrity who has been accused of illegally running casinos, is held in Beijing today, according to local authorities.

Guo Meimei was arrested in July 2014 for illegally running casinos. During the World Cup last summer, Guo broadcast on social media that she was following all of the matches, and uploaded a lottery ticket with the caption: "It's a little bet to test my luck and see if it's true that the more beautiful one looks, the more fortunate one will be". It was reported that she gambled often and once owed as much as 260 million dollars in debts.

She was arrested when an online World Cup gambling ring was shuttered on July 9 last year and was accused of heading the ring.

A month after her arrest, Guo appeared in a televised "confession" on CCTV wherein she admitted to gambling and prostitution accusations against her.

Seven months after the arrest, Guo's case has been formally submitted to the court of Dongcheng District in Beijing, by the procuratorate of the same district.

Guo gained notoriety in 2011 by claiming to be a manager affiliated with the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) while flaunting her extravagant lifestyle online.

Guo's behavior drew intense criticism among Chinese Internet users and dealt a major blow to the reputation of the RCSC, though she later denied her connection with the organization.

If found guilty, she could face up to 10 years in prison.

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