282 get prison terms for telecom fraud roles
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.