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Chinese victims thank Taiwan police for cracking telecom fraud case

2017/10/29 23:28:49

Liu (third right) and Li (second left) thank Hsu (second right). Photo courtesy of Criminal Investigation Bureau

Taipei, Oct. 29 (CNA) A Chinese couple travelled to Taiwan recently to appear in court as witnesses in the trial of the suspected ringleader of a fraud syndicate that swindled 229,000 Chinese yuan (US$34,686) from them in 2013, Criminal Investigation Bureau said in a press release Sunday.

After Liu Zhigang (劉志剛) and his wife Li Suzhen (李素珍) from Jiangsu province arrived in Taiwan last week, they wasted no time getting to the bureau to express their thanks to Hsu Yung-yi (許永益), the officer whom they have been in contact with over the case in the past four years but never met.

Li received a call from the telecom fraud ring on March 28, 2013 in which she was told that she was being investigated by the police over her alleged involvement in money laundering and was asked to transfer the money to a bank account that turned out to be one of the scammers' accounts.

The couple were supposed to use the money to pay for medical expenses for their ailing mother, who passed away not long after the incident, probably due to the loss of money which was just too much for her to take, the bureau said.

Over the past four years, Liu has constantly provided Hsu with clues about the case via telephone or mail which had cost him more than 10,000 Chinese yuan, while Hsu has been working tirelessly on this case, the bureau said.

The bureau said that the police recently arrested a suspect believed to be the ringleader of the fraud syndicate responsible for swindling the Lius and invited the couple to take the witness stand in court, hoping to break up the fraud ring as soon as possible.

(By Huang Li-yun and Shih Hsiu-chuan)