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12 Taiwanese repatriated over alleged involvement in phone scam

2012/05/15 16:44:43

Taipei, May 15 (CNA) Twelve Taiwanese suspects arrested in Thailand for their alleged involvement in a phone scam that targeted mainland Chinese were repatriated to Taiwan Monday night, the Ministry of Justice's Investigation Bureau said Tuesday.

Taiwanese and Thai authorities have been jointly cracking down on cross-border fraud rings, the bureau said, adding 36 suspects have been arrested in this case, including 12 Taiwanese, 22 Chinese and two Thais.

The suspects allegedly set up a server site in Thailand and defrauded mainland Chinese from January to April this year, the bureau said.

It is estimated the gang accrued nearly NT$100 million (US$3.39 million) in illegal profits during the period, it added.

After overnight questioning, the 12 Taiwanese fraud suspects were taken into custody by prosecutors early Tuesday, the bureau said.

The suspects, for the first time were sent back to Taiwan directly without going to trial in Thailand, the bureau noted.

(By Johnson Sun and Hanna Liu)