Chinese minister praises police for uncovering transnational fraud ring

08:12, February 12, 2011      

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Chinese Minister of Public Security Meng Jianzhu Friday praised the country's police officers for uncovering a transnational phone fraud ring, urging greater efforts to retrieve losses for those cheated.

Meng made the remarks while meeting a Chinese police contingent who travelled to the Philippines for the investigation and escorted 24 suspects back to China.

A Chinese police investigation found the ring had stolen some 140 million yuan (21 million U.S. dollars) since October 2010 by cheating over 450 individuals across 21 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities in China, said the public security ministry in an earlier statement.

Ring members first made phone calls from the Philippines to each of the targeted individuals on the Chinese mainland, claiming the latter was involved in money laundering crimes.

After persuading the victim to deposit his or her own money into a newly-opened bank card, ring members would then transfer the money out of the account.

Meng said Chinese police from nine provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities, were involved in the bust.

While expressing his appreciation for Filipino police cooperation with their Chinese counterpart in the case, Meng said the operation set a good example for transnational police cooperation in fighting crime.

Source: Xinhua
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