Latest News:  


91 sentenced over telephone fraud

(China Daily)

11:15, February 04, 2013

A Beijing judge sentenced 91 people on Sunday for their involvement in a multinational telephone scam that targeted elderly Chinese.

The trial is the first following a joint crackdown by police in China and Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Prosecutors said the defendants were part of a gang working out of Indonesia that posed as court and police officials to dupe Chinese victims.

"These convicts have damaged the image of (China's) judicial bodies ... by posing as government workers to commit fraud," said Jia Liying, the presiding judge at Chaoyang District People's Court.

Their sentences ranged from 18 months to eight years in prison, along with fines of 2,000 to 8,000 yuan ($320 to $1,285).

According to the court, the defendants, who were all arrested in Indonesia in June 2011, are poorly educated and come from the Chinese mainland, including Sichuan, Hainan, Hunan and Fujian provinces. Fifty-nine of the 91 defendants are women, and the youngest is 20 years old.

Sunday's verdict closed part of a case that involved almost 600 suspects, including 186 from the Chinese mainland, who were arrested across Southeast Asia.

The defendants were divided into seven groups to be sentenced in line with their level of involvement.

Peng Farong, a 29-year-old farmer from Fujian, received the heaviest penalty, eight years in prison and an 8,000 yuan fine.

【1】 【2】 【3】

We recommend:

Wind power now No.3 energy resource

Blackberry maker changes name, unveils new phones

China caps first 3G nuclear plant

New Zealand moves to restore trust

Lenovo ready to challenge mobile industry leaders

Airbus has big hopes for big plane


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Frigates conduct drill, patrol in S. China Sea

  2. Rare birds and wetlands protection

  3. Welcome to the coldest village on Earth

  4. A long journey that will help all women

  5. Telecom ring scammers going to jail

  6. China's weekly story (2013.01.27-01.31)

  7. Psy stages first commercial show on Chinese mainland

  8. Cinema guide for Spring Festival 2013

  9. EU telecom demands raise tensions

  10. Ministry acts on dairy safety

Most Popular


  1. A long journey that will help all women
  2. An easier ride, but for some only
  3. U.S. further placates Europe while turning to Asia
  4. China's year of challenges
  5. Rice imports not a threat to food security
  6. Getting workers their wages on time
  7. Clean Your Plate Campaign
  8. On the Road to Recovery
  9. The Internet needs a safety net
  10. Pollution prompts concern

What’s happening in China

China's weekly story (2013.01.27-01.31)

  1. 2 killed in suspected boiler blast in Zhejiang
  2. Man purchases eight rail tickets to beat travel rush
  3. Ministry acts on dairy safety
  4. Snow, rain to affect travel across China
  5. Vowing to be different with the nuptials