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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.
The Pingtung County Field Office of the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) recently received report that youngsters Tien ***-xian and others have been enjoying a lavish lifestyle with luxury automobiles through illegally acquired money. The case was reported to Prosecutor Liu Jun-yi of the Pingtung District Prosecutors Office, who then directed the investigation. It was found in the case that since October 2016, a total of seven suspects, including Tian ***-xian, Xu ***-lin, and Xu ***-hong, have been involved in fraud against numerous and random individuals by peddling to them a sham financial program called "A*** Group Financial Plan." The plan claimed that an investment of USD10, 000 per lot guaranteed immediate monthly return of 3 percent, which was convertible to TWD10, 000. However, on 25th December 2017 the payments abruptly ceased, by which time the total fraud income had amounted to over TWD30 million. During this period, the methods of fraud underwent changes as well. In August 2017, an online financial consulting agency called "Wu Hui Ren Sheng" was established on the social networking website Facebook, with Tian ***-xian acting as the leader and Xu ***-lin in charge of the finances. The group sought to recruit new members from the general public by masquerading themselves as futures consultants or investment experts. They claimed to manage funds in futures trading on behalf of the prospective members, and guaranteed returns as well as principals and interests to attract interest widely from the public; while margin trading in foreign exchange were conducted with USD1, 000 per lot, and investors paid operation fee of TWD6, 000 monthly. The current method is to recruit through the unauthorized operation of trading, futures-managing and consulting businesses. More than 100 individuals from around the country had joined, and the amount of illegal handling of funds has reached TWD117.63 million.
The Taichung City Field Division of the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) and the Taichung City Prosecutors Office received a report in December 2017, which alleged that I** International Savings Group's Lin XXX-chieh and others were suspected on the grounds of having boasted and bragged to certain people that they could acquire great profits from price differences by investing in bitcoin. Lin and others claimed that investors could purchase investment packages worth US$100 to US$7,000 in exchange for Reserve Money (RM). The RM was alleged being able to appreciate 0.35% on a daily basis, which would accumulate to 355% percent of the principal and interest one year later. The fraud case attracted new investors with the latest trendy products. In view of this, the MJIB and Taichung City Prosecutors Office organized a special investigation committee to delve into the details, track illicit gains and ascertain the bitcoin flow, in an intention of obtaining concrete evidence of money fraud and money laundering committed by Lin and others. On June 13, the case prosecutor of the Taichung City Prosecutors Office, Hung Kuo-chao, received a search warrant from Taiwan Taichung District Court and led more than 60 special agents of MJIB to search for the crime group. Eight offices and homes of the crime group in Taichung City and Taipei City were raided in the concurrent search effort. Eight suspects, including Lin XXX-chieh were interrogated and their statements taken. The evidence obtained included their bank passbooks, investment documents and lists. As many as 26 bank accounts belonging to the fraud group were successfully frozen and 196 bitcoins (market value equivalent to more than NT$40 million) were also seized. Initial estimates revealed that within a short 9 months the fraud group looted more than NT$1.5 billion in mainland China and Taiwan. Lin XXX-chieh, as the group's mastermind, and others were interrogated overnight. The suspects were set a bail for 100,000 to 10 million NTD.
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