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Ex-bodyguard of late president detained in counterfeit case

Ex-bodyguard of late president detained in counterfeit case

Taipei, March 11 (CNA) Three men, including one who claims to have been a bodyguard of the late President Chiang Ching-kuo, were detained Friday on charges of forgery, money laundering and fraud.

The men were accused of having been involved in a counterfeit U.S. dollar scam, according to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office.

The detention was the latest development in an ongoing investigation launched by the Prosecutors Office last month after Mega International Commercial Bank management turned over suspicious documents to investigation agencies, which found the currency to be counterfeit.

During the investigation, the counterfeit ring was found to have exchanged US$2 million-worth of counterfeit US$100 bills for about NT$66 million in Taiwan prior to the Lunar New Year in early February, the prosecutors said.

More than 10 people involved in the case were detained in order to prevent collusion and destruction of evidence, the office said.

The arrest of Hung Tu-chang, another man only identified by his surname of Chou, and one other man, identified only with the surname Hsieh, were arrested Thursday on suspicion of playing roles as brokers in the counterfeit bill case.

The district prosecutors office filed a request Thursday at the Taipei District Court for the suspects' detention for fear of evidence collusion with other accomplices believed to be still at large.

Hung told the media that he was Chiang's bodyguard "in charge of taking a grenade with my body." (By Peggy Tsai and Elizabeth Hsu)

Updated : 2021-10-27 05:29 GMT+08:00