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CIB investigates couple after victims cheated out of around NT$60 million

Agents of the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) yesterday arrested a couple, surnamed Wang, for cheating people out of nearly NT$60 million in series of fraud cases.

Earlier this year, one victim, surnamed, Chu reported to the police that scam artists used several schemes to defraud him a total of NT$13 million.

According to authorities, Chu was deceived and manipulated by several bar waitresses, who allegedly lied by saying they had been threatened by their administrators and might soon lose their jobs if they could not pay off the bar's debts.

While attempting to swindle money from Chu via phone calls, the bar's staff used pseudonyms, including An-an (安安), Shen Li-fang (沈麗芳), Tsui Mei-chi (崔美琪), Yen Hsiao-lu (嚴小路), Chiu Hsiao-chien (邱小倩) and Su Tian-ai (蘇天愛), while attempting to win his trust.

Chu, after being fooled by the bar employees, wired NT$13 million to specified bank accounts.

After series of investigations, the CIB discovered that the prime suspect had been running a car wash in New Taipei City in order to shield himself from accountability in the illegal operations.

The CIB indicated that the investigations are not yet concluded and the search for additional suspects is ongoing.

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