Good excuse to eat for two
ROC nabs mainland fugitive in cross-strait initiative
The National Immigration Agency (NIA) announced Friday that a PRC national who had been listed as a fugitive in Taiwan for committing real estate fraud has been arrested.
The April 22 arrest represents the latest result of the Agreement on Jointly Cracking Down on Crime and Mutual Legal Assistance Across the Strait (
) inked between Taiwan and the mainland in 2009.
The fugitive, surnamed Zheng ( ) , had once served as chairman of a real estate development firm based in Xiangshan County, Zhejiang Province.
The NIA said that after a project for the company to build 30 luxury houses went belly up, Zheng illegally sold the same housing units to multiple buyers and absconded to the U.S. after amassing about NT$450 million (US$14.6 million) in ill-gotten gains. However, after hiding out in Los Angeles for the past five years, Zheng could no longer resist the urge to get a taste of his beloved Zhejiang cuisine.
However, given his fugitive status on the mainland, a visit back to his hometown was out of the question, so as a result, Zheng in 2013 chose to do the next best thing by coming to Taiwan.
Concurrently, shortly after Zheng’s return from Taiwan to the U.S. in 2013, mainland authorities alerted their Taiwanese counterparts of Zheng’s fugitive status.
The NIA said that they were prepared this year when Zheng visited Taiwan again toward the end of March, and placed him under surveillance.
Zheng was arrested Wednesday as he entered the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport intending to catch a flight back to Los Angeles with his family.
Students sit during a pregnancy experience in Miaoli County, yesterday. As part of early celebrations of Mother’s Day at Xinkai Elementary School, students have for three straight days simulated some of the conditions of a full-term pregnancy by placing a soccer ball under their shirts.