Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Investigated NT 62 Million Columbarium Scam, Four were Detained and Held Incommunicado.
Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Investigated NT 62 Million Columbarium Scam, Four were Detained and Held Incommunicado. The investigation was led by Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office, the Criminal Investigation Bureau and other police bureaus. The task force searched 10 places in Kaohsiung and Tainan, seizing several luxury cars, watches and jewels. Twelve suspects were arrested. According to the investigation, the suspects falsely claimed that they were selling columbarium niches and swindling some customers out of their life savings. The suspects contacted victims who bought columbarium niches before and told the victims there were “buyers” who want to buy the columbarium niches. After knowing the victims were interested in the transaction, members of the scam ring would pretend to be the sales clerks and gave the victims false information such as there were buyers who urgently wanted to buy the columbarium niches. To gain trust, the scammers also pretended to be the buyers to convince the victims to buy more columbarium niches as investments, which could be sold later for a high profit. Since April 2017, the suspects had swindled more than NT$ 62 million out of their victims. The court granted the prosecutor’s request to detain four suspects but ordered six other suspects released on bail. The Prosecutors Office will keep investigating money trail of illegal gains and took this opportunity to warn the public that scams are rife in the columbarium and funeral service businesses.more
Kaohsiung Prosecutors Crack Down Auto Insurance Scam and Seize Illegal Gains
Kaohsiung Prosecutors Crack Down Auto Insurance Scam and Seize Illegal Gains 8 people were arrested by police allegedly making fraudulent insurance claims following car accidents, and attempting to inflate its value through a series of lies. The investigation was led by Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office and the Criminal Investigation Bureau. According to the investigation, the suspects（Wang, Hsu ) who operate car rental ,repair and used car business, could buy or repair the auto at a much lower price . Also, they knew well that the insurance company usually takes the market price of the same year and type auto as amount when the insured files an auto insurance claim. In order to earn the niche, Wang found out the suitable spot for falsely reported stolen vehicle or fake car accident from June 2017.Meanwhile, Wang recruited more people to join his scam. Hsu, Lin, Liao, Lu ,Chiang were car owners who insured full collision and comprehensive coverage. Yang, Lin and more three people were drivers caused phantom accidents, or disposed of the vehicle by leaving it somewhere（or the accomplice would drive it away).Then the suspects would lied to the police to get the untrue report record ,then transferred it to file the insurance claim. From June 2017 until Sep 2020,there were at least 35 phantom accidents or cars stolen were reported. 11 insurance companies and 47 autos were involved. The amount of ill-gotten gains is up to 40 million TW dollars. After conducting a search warrant , the law enforcement seized 5 autos ,cell phone, insurance quotes, vehicle license ,bank deposit books and 2.76 million NT dollars. Six suspects (Wang, Hsu, Lu, Lin, Chiang and Yang) had been taken into custody. Two suspects(Lin, Liao) were released on bail of 50,000 and 100,000 TW dollars.more