Dozens of fraud suspects to be deported back to Taiwan from Jakarta, Bangkok

Three runaway Taiwanese fraud suspects were arrested in Thailand and sent back to Taiwan the same day

Three Taiwanese fraud suspects Lin, Chang and Wu were deported back to Taiwan on Wednesday. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Eighteen Taiwanese fraud suspects are scheduled to be sent back to the home country late Wednesday, while Thai authorities also deported three runaway fraud suspects to Taiwan in the same day.

Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) teamed up with the Indonesian police department to crack down on a fraud ring and arrest 18 Taiwanese and 36 Chinese citizens earlier this month. The 54 suspects, including suspected ring leaders surnamed Fu and Hsu, have been arrested in connection with a telecom fraud case in Jakarta.

The same day, another batch of Taiwanese fraud suspects was scheduled to return home. Three Taiwanese citizens surnamed Lin, Chang and Wu were sentenced to prison in 2015 for their involvement in a fraud scheme in Indonesia but absconded to other countries to avoid punishment. The three entered Thailand in early 2017 and were arrested on March 4 thanks to international judicial cooperation between the two countries.

The CIB indicated that the police authorities have successfully busted several telecom centers built for illegal purposes in Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia over the past years and will continue the joint efforts with other countries to crack down on cross-border fraud rings.