29 Taiwanese fraud ring members repatriated from Japan: CIB

22-Nov-2019 Intellasia | CNA | 8:07 AM Print This Post

A total of 29 Taiwanese suspects involved in cross-border telecom fraud in Japan have been repatriated to Taiwan pending an investigation, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said Wednesday.

So far, a dozen of them have been charged with involvement in organised crime and fraud, while the others were still being questioned by the Taoyuan District Prosecutors Office, the bureau said.

The case stems from August last year, when local authorities received information that a fraud ring of Taiwanese nationals operating in Japan was scamming people in China, CIB official Chang Wei-lun (張瑋倫) said.

Following months of investigation, the Japanese authorities managed to track down the suspects at their base in Yamanashi Prefecture’s Kofu City March 27 this year, where 19 people were later arrested, Chang said.

With information obtained from the suspects, Japanese police were able to nab another 10 Taiwanese involved in the case as they tried to flee the country from Narita Airport March 28 and 29.

According to the CIB, the fraudsters scammed their victims by posing as Chinese police, tricking them into wiring money to designated bank accounts in the belief that their health insurance cards had been hacked and that they would need to pay a fine to clear their names.

The CIB said the ring members allegedly defrauded roughly $98,274 from five Chinese victims.



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