42 Chinese, Taiwanese busted for phone fraud

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in coordination with the Interpol arrested recently a total of 42 Chinese and Taiwanese nationals in separate raids conducted in two exclusive subdivisions in separate cities.

Through the effect of search warrant 14-020 that was released by Judge Honorio Guanlao Jr. of the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) branch 57, the NBI busted two resident houses in Hacienda Royale in Telebastagan, City of San Fernando and Villa Teresa in Angeles City in Pampanga.

According to the NBI, the strategic location of the two subdivisions helped the suspects in concealing the telecommunications fraud operations happening inside the houses.

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Mainland China officials, the NBI said, sent a report about the modus operandi of the suspects.

The investigations showed that the suspects pretended to be police personnel in order to extort money from their victims.

The criminal charges, according to the reports, will not be filed on the condition that the victims transfer a big amount of money to the bank accounts of the suspects.

The arrested Chinese and Taiwanese suspects were allegedly able to fabricate a complete division of police, complainant, and/or prosecutor.

The syndicate has already received up to 50 million yuan after a series of fraud operations.

The NBI was able to trace the suspects through the telecommunication equipment that they were using in their operations.

The suspects were brought to the NBI central office. The authorities are now looking into the possibility of deporting them since the syndicate only targeted Chinese nationals.

Some of those arrested were identified as Li Li-Tao, Su Jian-Fu, Wang Cheng-Big, Fang Lan-Yuan, Zhang Li-Yun, Li Hui, Yang Yun, Xiao Xia, Wu Yin Hsin, Wu Lian Hai, Wei Lan Yuan, Zhang Yiang Pen, Lin Yin Zhi, Huan Qi Feng, Wang Yao-Ren, Li Zan Xuan,Qin Zhilan,Kong Fan Wu, and Li Bang –Xy, all Chinese nationals.

The Taiwanese were identified as Zheng Rel Je, Chen Cheng Yu, Zhao Shun Yueh, Yng Li-Chen, She Wei-Shong, She Ye Haw, Chen Li-Ching, Lui Zhen Wah, Tang Young-Hsing, Lee Ting Yi and Shi Ching Lun.

Confiscated from the suspects were a Toyota Fortuner with plate number JLC-64 and a Mitsubishi Montero Sports with plate number RMZ-947, 45 units of landline telephones, 56 OCS routers and two Asus laptops.

The authorities are currently trying to uncover the identity of the owners of the houses that were rented by the suspects in Pampanga, like the one at Block 28, Lot 8-9 in Hacienda Royal Subdivision.

The syndicate is reportedly still conducting several big-time operations in Metro Manila and other places in the country.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 07, 2014.

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