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Three Taiwanese fraud suspects arrested in Manila

2018/06/14 20:17:05

Photo courtesy of Thai police

Bangkok, June 14 (CNA) Three Taiwanese and 16 Thai nationals have been arrested in Manila on suspicion of telecom fraud, in a joint operation carried out by police from Taiwan, Thailand and the Philippines, Thai police said Thursday.

Based on cross-border sharing of intelligence with Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau and the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau, Thai police in conjunction with their Philippine counterparts raided a residence in Manila from where a call-center scam gang was believed to be working Thursday morning. Police arrested 19 suspects.

The call center was apparently managed by three Taiwanese nationals, while the 16 Thais were engaged in defrauding people in Thailand, Thai police said.

The three Taiwanese later told police they were hired by Filipinos to manage the call center, which started operations in mid-May.

The call center made US$933,732 in illegal gains in just one month of operations, according to Thai police.

Police from Taiwan, Thailand and the Philippines continue to investigate the case, Thai police said.

(By Liu Te-chan and Evelyn Kao)