Prosecutors indict owner, clients of US birth service

NO JURISDICTION:The New Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office said doctors and owners of clinics in the US who allegedly provided fake documents would not be tried

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 27, 2017
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter

Liu Chao-hsun (柳昭薰), the owner of a service that allegedly defrauded insurance firms by helping pregnant women give birth in the US, and seven others were charged on Tuesday, prosecutors said, adding that those involved profited more than NT$30 million (US$986,777) from the scheme.

The New Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office announced the indictments on fraud, forgery, inciting others to commit a criminal offense and related charges against 35-year-old Liu and a 26-year-old employee surnamed Lee (李), along with six women who participated in the scam, an investigation of which started last year.

Eleven other women who hired Liu and gave birth in the US with the intention of making money from insurance claims were given deferred prosecutions, as they admitted to having participated in the scheme and promised to return the insurance money and pay a fine of NT$100,000, office spokesman Hsieh Tsung-fu (謝宗甫) said.

Charges were dropped against Yen Yu-chen (顏玉貞), who ran a similar service, and an insurance agent surnamed Liang (梁), as well as four other women, all of whom were investigated in association with the case, due to insufficient evidence, Hsieh said.

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