In November, the police busted a fraud ring in New Taipei City that lured victims with offers of jobs and then imprisoned them and fed them drugs. There were 61 victims, and three of them ended up dead. Prosecutors found the fraud ring was able to scam 246 people out of nearly NT$400 million in just three months. Prosecutors concluded their investigation on Dec. 27 and charged 29 suspects. A hearing will be held on Dec. 28 to decide whether to extend their detention.
Ten people were crammed into this tiny room. They were blindfolded, shackled, and kept under surveillance. These people had fallen for fake job ads that promised high salaries, and ended up imprisoned and abused. Three of the victims even ended up dead. In November, police busted the fraud ring that was carrying out this scam. Prosecutors completed their investigation on Dec. 27. They charged 29 members of the fraud ring with detention resulting in death, aggravated robbery, and aggravated fraud.
Chang Hui-ching, Dep. Chief Prosecutor, Shilin District Prosecutors Office: “They used improper ways to make profits and enrich themselves. The property interests and financial order they infringed on are very serious. They also imprisoned and maltreated their victims, severely injuring their human dignity. In addition, they have not yet compensated any of their victims.”
One of the suspects is a man surnamed Chen. Prosecutors believe he and a woman surnamed Fu were the ringleaders, and are seeking life imprisonment for them. They are seeking 20 to 30 years for 10 others, including a man surnamed Tu, and appropriate punishment for the rest depending on the extent of their participation in imprisoning, abusing, feeding drugs to, and controlling the victims.
Chang Hui-ching, Dep. Chief Prosecutor, Shilin District Prosecutors Office: “They used stun guns, bats, and long batons to beat the victims and also fired riot guns at them. They also ground up FM2 and added it to their food.”
The fraud ring ran a concentration camp to prevent victims from reporting to authorities. Prosecutors found the fraud ring was able to scam 246 people out of nearly NT$400 million in just three months. A total of 58 victims were rescued in New Taipei City and Taoyuan, while 29 suspects were arrested and 27 of them detained. A hearing will be held on Dec. 28 to decide whether to extend their detention.