A woman surnamed Chiao now known as “roach lady” had been putting dead roaches in her drinks and cakes at 85?C bakery and cafe chain stores, and then asking for money as compensation. Over the course of two weeks, she had swindled seven different 85?C branches as well as a beverage shop, accumulating NT$10,900 in all. The Banciao District Court brought Chiao up on fraud and extortion charges, and sentenced her to nine months in prison and detention for 30 days, which could be transferred to a fine and appealed.
During the trial, the 46-year-old buffet restaurant employee admitted the crimes, but in her defense she said her husband was no longer living with her, she does not make enough money to support herself, and has been unhappy because of arguing with her sister-in-law. She was feeling confused and this was why she committed the crimes. Therefore, she hoped to be shown tolerance and clemency so that she could take care of her family.
Chiao has already apparently settled with several shops out of court. For two of them, all she had to do was compensate them for the price of the beverages, which amounted to NT$75. The judge charged her with theft by fraud and sentenced her to 30 days’ detention, and since she had accepted money and other gifts on more than six occasions, she was also sentenced to nine months for fraud and extortion, which could be transferred to a fine.
(LIBERTY TIMES, TRANSLATED BY KYLE JEFFCOAT)
1. swindle v.
行騙 (xing2 pian4)
例: Samantha swindled millions of dollars from her elderly grandfather..
2. appeal v.
上訴 (shang4 su4)
例: The defendant has announced her intent to appeal.
3. clemency n.
從輕量刑 (cong2 qing1 liang2 xing2)
例: He begged the judge to show him clemency in this case.