Six men have been sentenced to prison for an attempted murder, in a hit job after each one of the men avoided carrying out the contract themselves so they could make a profit.
The Nanning Intermediate People's Court in Guangxi has sentenced the man who ordered the hit, Qin, and the five hired hitmen, between two years and seven months to five years in prison, reports The Guardian.
According to case files, in 2013, a real estate businessman named Qin Youhui, hired a man to take out Wei Mou, another businessman who was suing Qin.
Qin was willing to pay 2 million yuan ($280,000) to the hitman. But the hitman kept half the money for himself and outsourced for an assailant to get the job done.
The second hitman then subcontracted to another hitman, who then subcontracted to a fourth, who gave the job to a fifth man by the name of Ling Xinsi offering him 100,000 yuan ($14,000) to carry out the crime.
In 2014, Ling told Wei to fake his own death because Ling felt insulted with such a low amount of money to kill Wei.
Ling and Wei staged Wei's death, with photos of him tied up, and sent them up the chain of command. Ling finally told the police about the plot, Beijing News reported.
The trail of these men lasted for three years before the verdict came out recently.