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Report: Teen who duped Taiwan's ex-leader arrested

Report: Teen who duped Taiwan's ex-leader arrested

A teenager who bragged about having deceived former Taiwanese President Chen Shui-ban with a fake religious ritual has been arrested in another fraud, local media reported Saturday.
Reports that the teenager successfully lured Chen to his office to receive bogus religious blessings have embarrassed Chen, who is already dogged by several corruption scandals.
The Apple Daily and other newspapers said police arrested the teen, surnamed Huang, on Friday night on charges of forgery.
Police said Huang faked someone else's identity on the Internet last year and again during questioning by authorities, according to the newspapers. They said the case was unrelated to the presidential scam.
Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau, in charge of the case, was not available for comment.
On his blog Thursday, Huang mocked Chen, declaring, "I ... conned the biggest con man in Taiwan's history."
"That man is so stupid that he was fooled by me and three fake lamas," Huang wrote. Lamas are monks who practice Tibetan Buddhism.
In a statement Wednesday, Chen acknowledged that he had attended a ritual to ask for blessings because he was under the false impression that a friend had arranged it. Chen did not say whether he paid Huang.
Chen's office said in the statement that Huang called repeatedly afterward to ask for money to build a temple overseas. It said Chen only realized the rituals were a con after his friend denied knowing Huang.
The Apple Daily said Huang is only 16.


Updated : 2021-07-28 03:16 GMT+08:00