Un­der­ground re­mit­tance ring busted leav­ing na­tion

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion re­ported Mon­day that it has cracked down on an un­der­ground re­mit­tance group, in­ter­cept­ing four sus­pects at air­ports who were about to smug­gle more than NT$30 mil­lion (US$946,969) out of the coun­try.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tors said the sus­pects were in­ter­cepted at the Tai­wan Taoyuan In­ter­na­tional Air­port and Taichung Air­port, with NT$33.7 mil­lion in cash seized from them.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tors also raided seven lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing an un­der­ground ac­count­ing firm and sev­eral shops cater­ing to In­done­sian work­ers in Tai­wan.

Chang, the mas­ter­mind of the un­der­ground re­mit­tance group, is an In­done­sian Chi­nese, ac­cord­ing to the in­ves­ti­ga­tors. Af­ter ob­tain­ing Re­pub­lic of China na­tion­al­ity in 2013, Chang be­gan to open In­done­sian shops of his own and per­suaded a dozen oth­ers in Cen­tral and North­ern Tai­wan to serve as his af­fil­i­ates and col­lect cash from In­done­sian work­ers in Tai­wan seek­ing to re­mit money home.

The cash was then hid­den in cups, gloves, shoes and pen­cil boxes and sneaked out of the coun­try in checked-in lug­gage.

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