282 get prison terms for tele­com fraud roles

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

Courts in Jilin prov­ince have sen­tenced to prison 282 mem­bers of a mas­sive tele­com fraud net­work that swin­dled 153 mil­lion yuan ($22.3 mil­lion; 19.6 mil­lion eu­ros; £17.5 mil­lion) out of its vic­tims. The In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court in the city of Bais­han said on Dec 4 that the gang had op­er­ated in Guang­dong prov­ince as well as in In­done­sia and Fiji. Be­tween March 2016 and July last year, the gang sent out on­line mes­sages lur­ing vic­tims to a fake plat­form for pur­chas­ing lot­tery tick­ets. The vic­tims’ ac­counts were later seized by the gang. The gang was busted by po­lice last year in an op­er­a­tion that saw 77 sus­pects repa­tri­ated from Fiji for trial. From Nov 29 to Dec 1, Bais­han’s in­ter­me­di­ate court and six lower-level courts sen­tenced the two ring lead­ers to life in prison and handed down prison terms rang­ing from six months to 15 years to the 280 other mem­bers.

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