Good ex­cuse to eat for two

ROC nabs main­land fugi­tive in cross-strait ini­tia­tive

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

CNA

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.

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