Bam­boo Union mem­bers nabbed on debt meth­ods

The China Post - - LOCAL -

New Taipei po­lice author­i­ties re­cently ar­rested nine gang­sters be­long­ing to the Bam­boo Union ( ), one of the ma­jor or­ga­nized crime gangs in Tai­wan, over vi­o­lent debt col­lect­ing charges, the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Bureau (CIB) an­nounced yesterday.

Ac­cord­ing to a CIB state­ment, the nine gang­sters, in­clud­ing the gang’s ring­leader sur­named Chan ( ), op­er­ated in New Taipei’s Yonghe and Zhonghe dis­tricts for years.

The ring al­legedly col­lected debts via po­ten­tially fa­tal mea­sures that caused debtors great phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal trauma, the CIB said.

They not only ver­bally threat­ened debtors, but also harmed debtors with guns, ham­mers, and knives, the CIB said.

One of the vic­tims sur­named Cheung ( ), who orig­i­nally bor­rowed NT$230,000 from a friend was later forced to pay more than NT$1 mil­lion by Chan’s ring, which threat­ened to use guns and knives on Cheung and his fam­ily, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

New Taipei po­lice author­i­ties ar­rested Chan and eight other sus­pects dur­ing a raid con­ducted in the city on Aug. 11.

The case is now be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the New Taipei Dis­trict Pros­e­cu­tors Of­fice, where the sus­pects may face charges of co­er­cion.

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