MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested 6 Taiwanese nationals residing in Pampanga who are allegedly involved in credit card fraud, with one of them trying to bribe agents with P500,000 cash.
In a press release on Thursday, June 6, NBI Cybercrime Division (CCD) head agent Ronald Aguto identified the 6 Taiwanese as Cheng-Yen Yu, 25; Chih-Cheng Chang, 35; Chia-Hung Hung, 25; Sen-Tuan Wu, 24; Chun-Kai Tsou, 25; and Wen-Hao Wu, 26. all residing in Pampanga.
The 6 have been charged with violation of Republic Act 8488 or the Access, Devices, Regulation Act of 1998, before the city prosecutor of Angeles, Pampanga.
Chi-Cheng Chang, who tried to bribe one of the operatives with P500,000 cash, has also been charged with corruption of public officials under Article 212 of the Revised Penal Code.
The NBI team seized from the suspects the P500,000 bribe, counterfeit automated teller machine (ATM) cards, electronic gadgets used in the illegal duplication of credit cards and ATM cards, and documents with Chinese characters allegedly used to duplicate illegal activities.
The 6 are now detained at the NBI in Manila.
The Taiwanese were allegedly engaged in credit card fraud, victimizing other foreigners.
The NBI-CCD is looking into the possibility of a bigger syndicate. The 6 arrested Taiwanese nationals apparently knew the 16 other Taiwanese earlier arrested for online fraud by the NBI-CCD during an operation in Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales last April.
On June 4, the NBI-CCD team headed by Special Investigator III Christopher Hernandez was granted a search warrant by Presiding Judge Lyhlia Abella-Aquino of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 24 in Manila after a series of NBI surveillance operations confirming prior report of illegal activities by the Taiwanese.
At around 11 pm on the same day, the NBI-CCD team, in coordination with the local police and a Chinese interpreter, implemented the search warrant at the suspects’ townhouse. The 6 were immediately arrested.
On June 5, suspect Chih-Cheng Chang tried to bribe one of the operatives. The NBI-CCD team also entrapped the said Taiwanese suspect after the subject handed a paper bag containing the P500, 000 cash. – Rappler.com
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