Newspaper article China Post

CIB Escorts 42 Fraud Ring Suspects Back to Taiwan

Newspaper article China Post

CIB Escorts 42 Fraud Ring Suspects Back to Taiwan

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) yesterday morning escorted 42 Taiwanese suspects back to Taiwan from the Philippines over their alleged involvement in an international online fraud ring.

The CIB said it teamed up with the Philippine police six months ago, noting that it collected intelligence on the fraud ring, after which the Philippine police arrested 44 suspects, including 42 Taiwanese and two Chinese suspects in the central Iloilo province of the Philippines on July 9.

The bureau went on to say that the investigators discovered that the fraud ring chose to live on a remote island in the Philippines and carried out phone scams from the island. The CIB added that "it was like they were having a holiday on the island."

According to the investigation, the fraud ring allegedly blackmailed victims in China and Taiwan by deceiving them into believing that their bank accounts had been used by money launderers or terrorists.

The Philippine police officers escorted the suspects to Manila on the night of July 10 and detained them at police headquarters, the CIB said, noting that the Taiwanese representatives to the Philippines had visited the 42 Taiwanese suspects several times during their detention to ensure their basic human rights. …

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