Taipei police arrested a man yesterday on suspicion of blackmailing a senior official at Taipei Fubon Bank (
Police said Richard Yang (楊瑞東), a vice president at Taipei Fubon Bank, received a package containing a letter on Oct. 30.
The author of the letter claimed he had evidence the bank had cheated while operating the lottery, as no winners had claimed the jackpot for five consecutive draws in October last year.
As a result, the grand prize had grown to NT$280 million (US$8.6 million).
The suspect said the balls used in the lottery were weighted differently so that the bank could control the winning numbers.
The suspect threatened to make the bank's "fraudulent behavior" public if Yang did not pay him a ransom of NT$160 million.
The package also contained two blank CDs and several photos of the lottery draw, as well as a map showing the location where Yang was expected to bring the money today.
Police said they discovered a fingerprint on the package and were able to identify the suspect with the help of a surveillance camera at a Taipei City convenience store where the suspect was believed to have posted the package.
Police arrested Tung Chih-hwa (
They said Tung had told police he knew the secret behind lottery operations.
Taipei Fubon won the nation's first license to run the Public Welfare Lottery from 2002 until last year. Chinatrust Commercial Bank (
In September, Taipei Fubon was also awarded the nation's first license to operate a sports lottery.