Date: Jul 12, 2019
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter
Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) officials announced yesterday that they have arrested a man who allegedly swindled money from followers in several countries by claiming to be a reincarnation of a holy man.
Interpol’s issuance of a wanted bulletin for Chen Pao-sheng (陳寶生), as well as complaints from groups in China, prompted Taiwan’s judiciary and law enforcement agencies to act.
“We have detained the 63-year-old Chen and his wife on allegations of operating a scam for more than 20 years, and the couple face fraud and money laundering charges,” said Hsu Chao-pin (徐釗斌), deputy chief of the CIB’s Seventh Investigation Brigade.
Setting up his own Tibetan Buddhist sect in 1992, Chen claimed he was hengsheng renpoche (恒生仁波切), a reincarnate of a holy man, as well as a living Buddha, Hsu said. [FULL STORY]