The woman agreed to marriage but had a change of heart. Then she changed her address, too, taking with her $73,000 in cash plus a Cartier necklace, a diamond ring and other jewelry -- gifts from her fiance and his family, according to a lawsuit filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan.
Now, the would-be groom, Da Shui Jiang, wants those gifts back.
He says in the suit that his fiancee, Zhi Juan Huang, received the cash and jewelry in a four-month span, then broke off communication, canceling their anticipated marriage.
The two met in February 2014 and about three months later had what amounts to an engagement party at Yung Sun Seafood Restaurant in Manhattan, where some of the cash and gifts were given to her.
By September, Huang had "suddenly, willfully and intentionally ceased all communication" with Jiang, ending the marriage plans.
She's now living in Virginia, the suit says.
More than a dozen others, including Jiang, are named as plaintiffs. The suit says Jiang has repeatedly asked for the return of the cash and gifts, "which were provided solely in contemplation of the marriage of the parties," but Huang has refused.
The suit says when she agreed to the marriage she was "well aware of the customs and traditions in the culture" of her husband-to-be "and that she would be receiving gifts and cash in contemplation of declaring her intent to marry."
Huang planned all along to acquire the gifts and cash from Jiang and the others, then terminate the marriage plans, the suit says.
She "plotted, schemed and fraudulently acted in a manner . . . all for the purpose of financial gain."
A call to Jiang's attorney was not immediately returned.