Man lifts sleeping woman’s eyelids to scan irises and steal US$23,500

A man was found guilty of having stolen 150,000 yuan (US$23,568) from his ex-girlfriend by lifting her eyelids while she slept to use her irises to get past the facial recognition check on the Alipay app.

A court in Nanning, in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, southern China, sentenced the man, surnamed Huang, to three and a half years in jail recently, the Beijing Evening News reported.

At the end of last year, he went to his ex-girlfriend’s home, telling her that he wanted to discuss with her the return of 60,000 yuan (US$9,427) he had borrowed from her when they were still dating.

The woman was sick that day and fell asleep. Huang then unlocked her mobile phone with her fingerprint and lifted her eyelids to use her irises to access Alipay’s facial recognition system.

Huang told the court that he needed the money to pay off his gambling debts, the report said.

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