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Local, Malaysia police nab 2 suspects in fraud probe

TAIPEI--Taiwanese and Malaysian law enforcement authorities working together broke up a fraud ring in Malaysia last week, arresting two Nigerian suspects who had been swindling a Taiwanese businessman over an extended period.

The businessman, identified only by his surname of Huang, reported to the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) in early September that he had been conned by a fraud ring in Malaysia that had swindled him out of NT$19 million (US$648,000) between 2008 and 2011, the CIB said in a statement released yesterday.

Huang told the bureau that he became acquainted with a woman in Thailand in 2008 who called herself Taylor and told him she was willing to invest US$22 million in his company.

After revealing his need for capital injections, Huang remained in frequent touch with Taylor and her so-called “friends from the Malaysian diplomatic and banking sectors,” who managed to trick him into paying various “surcharges” over the four-year period.

CIB personnel went to Malaysia and, along with their Malaysian counterparts, arrested two Nigerian suspects Oct.4, the bureau said. They discovered that the members of the Taylor-headed fraud ring were mostly Nigerian nationals residing in Malaysia as students.

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