Taiwanese man accused of murdering Chinese wife in Thailand wanted for fraud

Suspect was listed as fugitive five years ago

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A reenactment of the Thai suitcase murder (screenshot from Thai Examiner's Facebook page). 

A reenactment of the Thai suitcase murder (screenshot from Thai Examiner's Facebook page). 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Taiwanese man accused of having killed his Chinese wife in Thailand had been wanted for fraud on the island, reports said Wednesday (Jan. 15).

Lu, 38, reportedly killed his wife and put her body in a suitcase which he dropped into the sea, the Liberty Times reported. On Jan. 10, the suitcase was found on a beach in Bang Phra, a resort in Chonburi Province, southeast of Bangkok.

Last Sunday, police arrested Lu at a rented apartment and found evidence he had bought “duct tape, cords and large plastic bags from a hardware store” in the area, according to the Bangkok Post.

The couple reportedly arrived in Thailand last August, with the wife, Liew (劉) , 33, giving birth to a baby later in the year. The fatal argument reportedly involved whether or not the child should have Taiwanese citizenship, the Liberty Times reported.

An investigation by Taiwanese authorities found that Lu had been a fugitive for five years in connection with a fraud case. During his work in the travel sector, Lu had pocketed travel fees and used a credit card of his tour group for his own purposes, the Criminal Investigation Bureau said.

After eventually serving a sentence for the murder of his wife, Lu would face extradition to Taiwan to be tried for the fraud case.