CIB Says It Knew Of Fraud Suspects' Arrest In China

CIB Says It Knew Of Fraud Suspects' Arrest In China

The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Sunday stressed that it was aware of the arrest of 10 Taiwanese in China for alleged involvement in a Uganda-based telecoms fraud ring.

In a released statement, CIB said contrary to local media reports that said it was kept in the dark over the case, authorities from both sides of the Taiwan Strait have been working on the case for some time based on a cross-strait cooperation agreement aimed at combating crime.

According to the CIB, China has previously sent a five-member task force to Taiwan on Jan. 5 to consult with Taiwanese authorities over facilitating the investigation over the case

Two months later following the visit, 55 suspects of unspecified nationalities were arrested in Taoyuan, Hsinchu and Taichung, and about NT$6.689 million in cash were confiscated.

The suspects have been referred to prosecutors' offices in various districts, the CIB said said.

Taiwanese and Chinese authorities will continue to work together to track down other Taiwanese suspects in the case, it added.

China's CCTV on Saturday reported that the Guizhou police authorities had busted a telecom fraud ring that allegedly attempted to defraud a public agency in Guizhou of about 117 million yuan.

The crime ring's telecoms base was in Uganda, and 10 of the 62 people arrested in China in connection with the case are Taiwanese, the state-run Chinese TV station said.

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