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Chinese police grab 77 suspected fraudsters from Fiji

The Chinese Ministry of Public Security announced that the suspects had been flown from Fiji to China.

Staff Writers

August 6, 2017 12:06 pm

A Fiji Police Force spokesperson said she could not comment on this case at the moment.

According to the Chinese state-owned news agency Xinhua, China sent a team to Fiji on July 2 to work with the Fiji Police Force.

On July 18, they took action, destroying five dens, arresting 77 suspects and confiscating equipment, including mobile phones, computers and bank cards.

In China, police busted eight dens and two technical teams, arresting 83 suspects at the same time.

Suspects in telecom and online fraud cases are brought back to China from Fiji at Changchun Longjia International Airport, Changchun, northeast China's Jilin Province, Aug. 5, 2017. (Xinhua/Lin Hong)
Suspects in telecom and online fraud cases are brought back to China from Fiji at Changchun Longjia International Airport, Changchun, northeast China’s Jilin Province, Aug. 5, 2017. (Xinhua/Lin Hong)

The suspects are accused in more than 50 cases involving over FJD$1.78 million (892,000 U.S. dollars).

The large-scale investigations are understood to be triggered by the suicide of a person in northeast China in September last year after the victim was swindled of FJD$387,000 (1.3 million yuan).

After this story was published, this photograph was emailed to Newswire showing the hooded suspects being boarded onto the plane.
After this story was published, this photograph was emailed to Newswire showing the Chinese police team assembled at the Nadi International Airport.

An illegal online gambling and lottery gang was soon revealed, directing to more than 200 suspects based in China, Indonesia and Fiji, with nearly FJD$29.7 million (100 million yuan) illegal gains involved.  Victims were from over 20 provinces and cities across China.

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