44 Taiwanese fraudsters jailed in China for up to 15 years

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44 Taiwanese fraudsters jailed in China for up to 15 years

Beijing, Dec. 21 (CNA) Forty-four Taiwanese fraudsters extradited from Kenya to China were sentenced Thursday to imprisonment of up to 15 years by a court in Beijing.

The 44 were among a total of 85 people who stood trial at the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court from July 18-20 in a cross-border telecom fraud case. The were arrested in Kenya and deported to China in April 2016.

The verdict was announced Thursday in three phases, with the first phase involving the sentencing of 33 of the suspects, including 13 Taiwanese nationals.

The court found the 33 guilty of carrying out fraud in Indonesia and Kenya, of which 26 were determined as prime and the other seven as accomplices.

The court identified Taiwan's Chang Kai-min (張凱閔) as a key manager of the fraud ring, which defrauded 75 victims in China out of more than 23.1 million Chinese yuan (US$3.52 million) in five months.

Another Taiwanese, Lin Chin-te (林金德), was identified as an organization manager.

Chang and Lin were each sentenced to jail terms of 15 years, deprivation of their political rights for three years and fines of 15,000 Chinese yuan.

The other main accused were given jail terms of not less than 10 years, while the accomplices were sentenced to not less than two years.

All those convicted can appeal 2-10 days after receiving the verdicts.

In the second phase, 17 suspects, including nine Taiwanese, were given jail terms ranging from 21 months to three years, plus fines.

In the third phase, 35 suspects, including 22 Taiwanese, were sentenced to between three and 13 years behind bars, along with fines and deprivation of their political rights.

Since April 2016, a total of 288 Taiwanese nationals have been deported to China from various countries, including Kenya, Malaysia, Cambodia, Armenia, Vietnam and Indonesia, for alleged telecom fraud targeting people in China, according to data from the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Taiwan's top authority on cross-Taiwan Strait affairs.

Meanwhile, 427 Taiwanese nationals suspected of cross-border telecom fraud have been sent back to Taiwan since then.

(By Ozzy Yin and Evelyn Kao)

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