Rebar fugitive couple appears in California immigration court
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A tycoon-turned-fugitive from Taiwan showed up at an immigration court in Los Angeles on Thursday for a hearing on his illegal stay in the United States, a report said yesterday.
March 9, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
Wang You-theng (王又曾)arrived at the court building with his wife, Chin Shih-ying (金世英), to find that reporters were already waiting there. He did not speak but his wife started scolding the reporters, trying to stop them from taking pictures, the Central News Agency (CNA) said. She slapped a reporter in her face during a scuffle, the CNA added.
The couple has been put on Taiwan's top-10 fugitive list since they fled Taiwan in late 2006 shortly before prosecutors started a probe into allegations that they embezzled large sums from the Rebar group he had founded.
The business group has since collapsed, with some of his children having been jailed over the embezzlement scandal.
The couple first fled to Shanghai via Hong Kong. They later moved to the United States, with Wang using an R.O.C. passport and his wife a U.S. one.
Taiwan later revoked Wang's R.O.C. passport, but the pair managed to fly to Singapore in February 2007 with plans to fly on to Myanmar.
They were stopped by Singaporean authorities who had been alerted by Taiwan to their fugitive status. But Singapore only sent them back to the United States rather than to Taiwan.
The fugitives reportedly have been leading a low-profile yet extravagant life in the United States.