Taipei police make 180 telecom fraud related arrests

Taipei, Taipei police launched a massive crackdown on telecom fraud in northern Taiwan from June 4-8, arresting 180 suspects in 89 different cases, Taipei City Police Department announced on Monday.

During the five-day operation, a wide range of suspects were detained, ranging from suspected gang leaders to money mules and accomplices providing dummy bank and telephone accounts. Police also seized 34 cellphones and NT$2.04 million (US$67,000) in cash, officers told a press conference.

A total of 422 individuals are believed to have been victims of telecom fraud with monetary losses estimated at NT$149.76 million, police said.

All the suspects and evidence seized in the raids have been turned over to prosecutors for further investigation on charges of telecom fraud, as well as violations of the Money Laundering Control Act and Organized Crime Prevention Act, according to the police.

Among the 180 suspects apprehended, 22 were members of a scam ring, which police said was the largest in northern Taiwan and believed to have more than 50 dummy bank and telephone accounts.

Prosecutors have asked the court for permission to hold key suspects incommunicado.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel