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Police find swindler with S$135,780 in cash

Police officer caught the fleeing fraudster who was riding his scooter without a helmet on. -The China Post/ANN

Fri, Jan 29, 2010
The China Post/Asia News Network

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Police found a man, surnamed Han, carrying NT$3.1 million (S$135,780) in cash after he was stopped at a roadblock in Taipei City on Tuesday. The money had been extorted from a pharmacy owner surnamed Wang.

Police officer Chang Hsien-tsung stopped Han on the road because he did not have his helmet on properly while riding his scooter. Han saw the police, got off his scooter and tried to flee. Chang caught him and found NT$3.1 million (S$135,780) in cash in Han's scooter. It was determined that the cash had been swindled from Wang.

Wang said he had received a call from a man claiming to be a prosecutor. The "prosecutor" said Wang was suspected of being a fraudster, and asked Wang to take out all his savings and give it to an "official." Wang gave them NT$5.75 million (S$251,850) in total.

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