Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, many international collaborations have been put on hold. However, crimes related to COVID-19 have been surging. To share Taiwan's experience in epidemic prevention and expand international collaboration in law enforcement, the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB), along with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association (JTEA) and Australian Office Taipei, organized a virtual workshop on October 28, the "2020 Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF) - Workshop on Combating COVID-19 Related Crimes". The objective was to discuss how to tackle epidemic related crimes and disinformation.
The Judicial System of Taiwan and the Philippine teams up to deliver success! In collaboration with the Bureau of Immigration Philippines (BID), MJIB escorted criminal fugitive Du Kai-ling from Manila, the Philippines to Taiwan at noon on April 30.
In collaboration with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) escorted criminal fugitives Yang Wen-hu and Wang Yin-zhi from Los Angeles, U.S. to the Taiwan Taipei District Prosecutors Office, Taiwan in January and March this year (2020) respectively.
To investigate voter bribery, spreading of fake news, and other cases that affect the fairness of elections, the Investigation Bureau has established and deployed the "Two-in-One Election Investigation Program" and "Team for Processing Fake News that Impact National Security and Elections" and it established the "Fake news Prevention and Control Center" on August 8, 2019 to rapidly increase the capacity for investigating fake news, conduct active investigations to effectively deter the spread of fake news and prevent them from severely affecting the fairness of elections.
The trade war between the United States and China has led to the return of many Taiwanese businesses and the domestic investment environment is being reviewed once again. The stability of power supply and absence of power outages are primary concerns for Taiwanese businesses who seek to return and invest in Taiwan and they are major policies of the government.
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 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.