Taiwanese arrested for fraud in Dominican Republic: CIB
Jul 06, 2018GeneralComments Off on Taiwanese arrested for fraud in Dominican Republic: CIB
Taipei, Over 70 Taiwanese nationals have been arrested over the past year, mostly in Taiwan, on suspicion of being involved in a telecom fraud scheme in the Dominican Republic, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said Friday.
In addition to arresting the suspects, the CIB has also confiscated illegal gains worth more than NT$8.3 million (US$269,830) and sealed 10 properties in Taiwan valued at NT$100 million during the course of the investigation, the bureau said.
The crime was first detected when the CIB discovered through big data analysis server rooms established by Taiwanese in the Dominican Republic to carry out fraud, said Lin Yueh-hsien (???), the head of the second team under CIB's International Criminal Affairs Division.
In the first action in the case, Dominican police arrested four Taiwanese and a Dominican suspect with Taiwan's help in the Caribbean country in September 2017, according to the CIB.
After being told that most of the Taiwanese suspected of being involved in the fraud ring had returned to Taiwan after the server rooms were set up, the CIB conducted a search at the end of 2017 and arrested 23 suspects in Taiwan, including those likely to have bankrolled the operation.
More suspects were arrested early in 2018 and another 21 fraud suspects were arrested in Taiwan on July 3 and 4, the CIB said.
The CIB has worked with police in several countries, including Thailand, Malaysia, and Slovenia, since the beginning of the year to investigate telecom frauds committed by Taiwanese citizens, the bureau said.