Sus­pect ar­rested fol­low­ing fraud scheme in­volv­ing fake United Na­tions pass­port

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A Tai­wanese sus­pect has been ar­rested by lo­cal author­i­ties for al­legedly forg­ing a fake United Na­tions pass­port as part of a fraud scheme to scam a lo­cal NGO out of NT$5 mil­lion in funds, the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Bureau (CIB,

) has an­nounced. The sus­pect, sur­named Cheng ( ), was ar­rested by Taipei City po­lice author­i­ties in Taipei’s Wan­hua Dis­trict on Aug. 17. Po­lice also raided Cheng’s res­i­dence to con­fis­cate a forged U.N. lais­sez-passer, or U.N. pass­port, as well as other forged doc­u­ments the sus­pect al­legedly used for the fraud scheme, the CIB said in a state­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to the CIB, with these doc­u­ments in hand, Cheng claimed to be an am­bas­sador-at-large for the U.N. and al­legedly scammed a lo­cal NGO into wiring him more than NT$5.5 mil­lion.

Cheng told a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the NGO that the U.N. had promised to re­lease US$14 mil­lion of hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance funds to Tai­wan but told the NGO that it needed to wire NT$5.5 mil­lion first.

To prove the au­then­tic­ity of his claim, Cheng even asked the NGO rep­re­sen­ta­tive to fly to Malaysia where they to­gether met with another man who claimed to be a U.N. diplo­mat posted to Malaysia, the CIB said.

The vic­tim later called the po­lice af­ter re­al­iz­ing that he was be­ing scammed by the fraud­sters, it said.

The case is now be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by Taipei Dis­trict Pros­e­cu­tors Of­fice.

The CIB called on other vic­tims of the scheme to call 02-2769-7405 to share any in­for­ma­tion.

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