Infamous Chinese social media celebrity Guo Meimei sentenced

Chinese social media celebrity Guo Meimei, pictured during a televised confession last August (left) and in a photo from her well-known Weibo account (right).

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  • Infamous Chinese social media celebrity Guo Meimei sentenced for running an illegal gambling den
  • Guo gained notoriety in 2011 after flaunting a extravagant lifestyle online while claiming to work for the Red Cross

Beijing (CNN)One of China's most high-profile social media celebrities was sentenced to five years in prison and a fine of 50,000 yuan ($7,800) on Thursday for running an illegal gambling den.

Guo Meimei, 24, gained notoriety in 2011 after flaunting a extravagant lifestyle online -- complete with luxury cars and flashy boyfriends -- all while claiming to work for a company affiliated with the Red Cross.
    In reality, Guo was illicitly operating casinos out of private apartments in Beijing, a court said.
      Guo pleaded not guilty to that charge at the trial, although she admitted to participating in gambling, according to China's state news agency Xinhua.
      "I shouldn't have participated in gambling, but I don't think my actions constituted (a) crime," she said in her final statement.
      "I know I have made mistakes, and I'm truly regretful," she added, w