By: Wang Chao-yu and Christie Chen
Taipei, Oct. 7 (CNA) Twenty-six Taiwanese nationals allegedly involved in telecom fraud operations
targeting Chinese citizens were charged with aggravated fraud Friday.
The 19 male and seven female suspects, led by a 28-year-old man surnamed Liu, were arrested in June and were now officially indicted by prosecutors in the northern port city of Keelung.
The fraud ring is a “fairly large” one and has defrauded at least 44 victims and accumulated illegal gains of over NT$11.23 million (US$356,985), said Wang Ya-chiao (王亞樵), spokesman of the Keelung District Prosecutors’ Office.
The prosecutors found the accused “totally unrepentant” and were not cooperative with the investigators. The prosecution therefore asked the court to give Liu and four other defendants a relatively lenghty sentence of 10 years in prison and force them to work during their jail terms. [FULL STORY]