Date: Dec 22, 2016
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter
The Taipei Shilin District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday charged a 65-year-old man
surnamed Ko (柯) with embezzlement of lost property over money that he found on a hill in Taipei’s Neihu District (內湖), which was part of a NT$83 million (US$2.59 million at current exchange rates) theft from First Commercial Bank ATMs by an international criminal ring.
Ko claimed that he had accidentally stumbled upon a bag containing NT$4.54 million in cash on a hill in Xihu Park on July 20 and later reported his find to police.
According to a Chinese-language media report, key evidence for the prosecution is that Ko allegedly returned to the hill with the apparent intention of taking home another bag in a nearby trash pile, which was allegedly hidden by a Lativian man, Andrejs Peregudovs, the key suspect in the ATM heist who was arrested on July 17 in Yilan County.
Judicial investigators took Peregudovs to the hill to reconstruct his route so that they could recover the money. [FULL STORY]