SEVEN male Taiwanese who allegedly defrauded numerous Chinese nationals in the People’s Republic of China of hundreds of millions were deported yesterday.
The seven who have become fugitives from justice after eluding trial for cyberfraud in China were identified as Chen Jun Zer alias Chen Jyun Ze, 24; Tsai Cheng Feng alias Tsai Cheng, 51; Lian Chin Kai alias Lian Chen Kai, 26; Wu Shu Cheng alias Wu Shu Cheng, 21; Ou Chu Liang alias Ou Chun Liang, 23; Wei Han Lai, 19 and Huang Chih Jen alias Huag Chih Jen, 35.
The said deportees arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 at around 3:45 a.m. aboard two Bureau of Immigration (BI) service vehicles.
At 6:34 a.m., the said Taiwan citizens were first to board Philippine Air Lines flight PR-358 bound for Beijing and which was slated to depart at 7:15 a.m.
Each deportee was escorted by one BI officer on the same flight, led by immigration officer Nico Benitez. One official from the People’s Republic of China was also there as a witness, along with officials from the Taiwan Economic Cultural Office.
It was learned that the suspects will face trial in China since all of their victims live there. They were said to have flown to and went into hiding in the Philippines where they continued operating, while the proceeds of their illicit activities were wired to their cohorts in Taiwan.
Just last month, the BI announced the deportation of former high-ranking Taiwan government official Wu Chien Pao, 68, who was arrested January 16, 2019 at the Subic Freeport Zone in Zambales by FSU operatives headed by BI intelligence officer Bobby Raquepo and at the request of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Manila.
Wu is wanted for fraud in his country and is accused of fixing the results of baseball games in Taiwan, in collusion with gambling syndicates. The TECO had identified Wu as a former government official in Taiwan who held the post of speaker of Tainan County and is wanted by prosecutors in Taipei for fraud since October 2014.
Days before, former Chinese official Xie Haojie who is wanted for corruption and economic crimes in China, was also arrested by the BI.