Cross-strait raids nab 96 fraud ring suspects
The China Post news staffAuthorities on both sides of the Taiwan Strait cooperated on Tuesday in a large-scale crackdown on a cross-strait fraud ring in which 96 suspects were nabbed in China and Taiwan, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said yesterday.
September 19, 2013, 12:25 am TWN
The raids were launched simultaneously in Taiwan's Taichung City as well as the Chinese cities of Shenyang, in Liaoning Province (遼寧省瀋陽市), and Beijing, the CIB said in a released statement.
In total, 229 Taiwanese and 100 Chinese law enforcement personnel participated in the operation.
In Taiwan, police apprehended 46 individuals and seized NT$4.3 million of what was believed to be illegally acquired funds.
Meanwhile, Chinese authorities caught 50 suspects, 25 Taiwanese and 25 Chinese, and confiscated property alleged to have been used by the fraud ring.
According to the CIB, the cross-strait fraud ring posed as a Beijing-based cable TV company, tricking victims to remit unpaid cable fees via ATM.
This instance of bilateral cooperation was facilitated by CIB Director-General Lin Teh-hua's visit to Beijing earlier this month.
During his stay in Beijing, Lin met with his Chinese counterparts to coordinate the joint raid, the CIB said.
A similar bilateral raid was conducted in December 2012 when Taiwanese and Chinese authorities arrested 159 suspected members of a fraud ring in China and Taiwan.