Bamboo Union members nabbed on debt methods
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.