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NT$250,000 award offered for arrest of fraud fugitives

2019/01/14 15:26:31

Image taken from the Investigation Bureau's website at: www.mjib.gov.tw

Taipei, Jan. 14 (CNA) Taiwan's investigation authorities are offering a reward of up to NT$250,000 (US$8,096) for tip-offs that lead to the arrest of any of three high-profile fugitives, including famed blogger Su Chen Tuan (蘇陳端).

Those offering information on the trio's whereabouts that leads to the arrest of all three of them within the 25-year wanted period can receive up to NT$750,000, the Ministry of Justice's Investigation Bureau (MJIB) announced Monday.

The three fugitives are Su Chen, better known as Lady Nai Nai (貴婦奈奈), her husband Huang Po-chien (黃博健), a plastic surgeon, and father-in-law Huang Li-hsiung (黃立雄), a physician in National Taiwan University Hospital's Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

They were "involved in fraud and other cases and fled overseas before the cases were investigated," and are believed to have gone to Canada, according to the bureau's online fugitive search system.

MJIB officials said the trio could face up to five years in jail if found guilty of fraud, and the bureau set the reward for tip-offs leading to their arrests at a minimum of NT$150,000 each with the possibility of going as high as NT$250,000.

Su Chen, her husband, and father-in-law are suspected of defrauding investors in the Ab Initio Medicina clinic they owned of some NT$1 billion. The clinic shut down unexpectedly in early December 2018 amid rumors they had fled to the United States.

They were seen entering Canada on Jan. 5 with two other family members, where they reportedly applied for refugee status.

Huang Po-chien is a permanent resident of Canada, but Su Chen and Huang Li-hsiung are said to have entered Canada on visitor visas that would allow them to remain there for up to six months.

They immediately filed an application for refugee status, apparently to prolong their stay there, according to an immigration attorney.

The National Immigration Agency said it has informed the Canada Border Services Agency that the three Taiwanese are wanted in Taiwan, but it cannot take further action because there is no extradition treaty between the two countries.

(By Liu Shih-yi and Elizabeth Hsu)
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