The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Investigation Bureau, Ministry of Justice (MJIB) jointly hold the Asia Pacific Chapter Retraining Conference
The opening ceremony of the 22nd Asia Pacific Chapter Retraining Conference of FBINAA began today (10th June) at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. It was hosted by both the MJIB and FBI. More than 170 law enforcement officers from over 20 countries in Asia-Pacific region attended the ceremony.
Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau has solved a case involving the largest Ketamine drug production factory in recent years
At the end of 2018, the Taoyuan City Field Division of the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (hereinafter referred to as the Bureau) received information on the metal house hidden in the farmlands of Luzhou District, Taoyuan City, that was suspected of making drugs using newly developed raw materials. The New Taipei City Field Division, Dongshi Precinct of Taichung City Police Bureau, Taoyuan Precinct, Luzhu Precinct, and Dayuan Precinct of Taoyuan City Police Bureau established a task force and cooperated closely with the Customs Administration of Ministry of Finance Taipei Customs to intercept the raw materials. Under the command of Prosecutor Chung Hsin-yi of the Taoyuan District Prosecutors Office, on the evening of March 17, 2019, a drug factory was found in the metal house and link residence on Fuhong Street of Taoyuan Luzhu District. They arrested the suspected head of drug production, Zhang. They also seized 150kg of Ketamine, 1,000kg of semi-finished drugs, raw materials for drug production, thousands of kilograms of alcohol and ethyl acetate, 10kg of Amphetamine and roughly about NT$1.47 million cash from unknown sources. The estimated amount of seized products, semi-finished products, and raw materials are enough to produce more than 2 tons of Ketamine for 6.5 million people to smoke.
Prevention of Money Laundering/Terrorist Financing add Sanctions List of MOJ (Jan 12, 2018)
Economic Crime Prevention
In October 2018, the Investigation Bureau investigated two false messages that were intended to jeopardize the “nine-in-one” election. Former Deputy Chief Liu of the Kaohsiung Police Bureau Sanmin Second Precinct was involved in posting forged sanction letters with Tsai Ing-Wen’s name to specific chat group on Line with the intent to influence voters. Another man surnamed Zhu was involved in posting images on the “Han Kuo-yu fan group” on Facebook that threatened 7 legislators, including Hsu Chia-ching, Deputy Secretary-General of DPP, and Chao Tien-lin. These two cases were transferred to the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office for reference and processing.
In December, 2018, Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation (THSRC) actively reported the attack on its T-Express mobile ticketing system by a hacker to the Taipei City Field Division of MJIB. The hacker purchased one ticket from Nangang to Taipei at the fare of NT$40 and immediately canceled the ticket. When applying for refund, the hacker tampered with the parameter of the system's refund amount column, changing it to NT$200,000, all in order to deceive the system into carrying out the transaction. Fortunately, the back-end accounting system of THSRC identified the anomaly and promptly suspended the refund.
The Taoyuan City Field Division of the MJIB recently solved the case involving the hacking of email accounts. They arrested the supervisor with surname Huang of the information department in a military academy in Taoyuan. Huang had been accused of using his position to hack several academic email accounts of faculty members and sending false reports to the Complaints of the superior unit under their names from October 22 to 30, 2018. The act seriously affected the reputation and leadership prestige of the academy, so the institution pro-actively reported it to the Taoyuan City Field Division in order to safeguard the unity of the academy and the interests of the victims. The Information & Communication Security Section of the Taoyuan City Field Division investigated the case for several days and prepared sufficient digital evidence before applying to Prosecutor Yeh Yi-fa of the Taoyuan District Prosecutors Office for instruction and investigation. On December 14, 2018, after interviewing the suspect Huang and related witnesses, the prosecutor considered the evidence sufficient and ruled on a NT$150,000 bail.
The Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau, the MJIB, discovered that the domestic telecommunications fraud group had taken advantage of labor shortages due to the nine-in-one elections, when judicial prosecutors were busy checking for election fraud. They were found engaging in cross-border telecommunication frauds. After in-depth investigations, the MJIB discovered that the fraud group led by suspect Chen had rented a villa next to the Dongshan River in Yilan County as a boiler room for scam operations. The MJIB reported the case to prosecutor Li Ting-Han of the Yilan District Prosecutors Office to oversee the investigation process. The MJIB’s Central Mobile Team, Yilan County Field Office, Taipei City Field Division, and Information & Communication Security Division, as well as the National Police Agency’s Criminal Investigation Brigades of Hsinchu City and Taipei City then formed a task force to conduct an in-depth investigation. On 27th November 2018, the task force searched the villa with a warrant issued by the Taiwan Yilan District Court, and arrested seven members at the scene of the fraud group led by Chen. The unit seized important evidence including computers, cellphones, training manuals, monitors and buckets of hydrochloric acid used to destroy evidence.
MJIB Crackdown on Telecommunications Fraud Gang, who Recruiting Juveniles by Advertising as Working Holiday
The Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) received a report of a call center established by a telecommunications fraud gang. The gang was led by a man known as Achin in Taichung. MJIB followed the clues, conducted investigations and discovered that the telecommunications fraud gang had rented a cabin on Wenxin South Road, Dali District as a boiler room for scam operations. The MJIB Central Mobile Team, therefore, reported the case to prosecutor Chang Kuei-Fang of the Taichung District Prosecutors Office to oversee the investigation process. The prosecutor formed a task force consisting of members of the MJIB Taichung City Field Division, Changhua County Field Office, the High Technology Crime Investigation Unit under the Criminal Investigation Division of the Hsinchu City Police Bureau, Team 2 of Telecommunications Investigation Corp of Criminal Investigation Bureau, and the High Technology Crime Investigation Unit under the Criminal Investigation Division of the Taipei City Police Department to conduct intensive investigations. The task force conducted a search in the afternoon of September 4, 2018 and arrested a total of 6 members (including a man surnamed Liang) of the fraud gang and 3 juveniles (including one surnamed Lin). When the task force broke down the door, the suspects immediately destroyed the laptop computers and removed the hard drive to hide them next to the washing machine in the bathroom. The fraud teaching manuals were thrown into the toilet to destroy evidence. The task force seized evidence including iPhones, laptop computers, fraud teaching manuals, computers, computer files, and 4G routers that were used for scams.
The Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) received a report of a fraud server established by a telecommunications fraud gang led by a man surnamed Wu in Taichung. The MJIB followed the clues, conducted investigations and discovered that the suspect Wu had rented a villa on Dongshan Road in Beitun District as a boiler room for scam operations. The MJIB Central Mobile Team, therefore, reported the case to prosecutor Lin Fen-Fang of the Taichung District Prosecutors Office to oversee the investigation process. The prosecutor formed a task force consisting of members of the MJIB Taichung City Field Division, Nantou County Field Office, Changhua County Field Office, the High Technology Crime Investigation Unit under the Criminal Investigation Division of the Hsinchu City Police Bureau, Team 1 of 2nd Investigation Corp of Criminal Investigation Bureau, and the High Technology Crime Investigation Unit under the Criminal Investigation Division of the Taipei City Police Department to conduct intensive investigations. Under the command of the prosecutor, the task force conducted a search in the afternoon of August 22, 2018 and arrested a total of 10 members (8 males and 2 females) of the fraud gang including the suspect Wu. The task force also seized evidence including iPhones, iPads, fraud teaching manuals, computers, monitors, and personal information that were used for scams. The gang members impersonated Chinese embassies’ staff, Chinese public security officers, and prosecutors and used 4G mobile networks to connect through illegal telecommunication platforms to scam unspecified overseas Chinese in the United States and Canada. They pretended that the victim's personal information was leaked and illegally used by others for fraud and induced them to go to a bank or use the ATM to transfer funds from their personal accounts to accounts designated by the fraud gang.