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Seven suspected in nation's largest cash heist: official

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

An official from the Criminal Investigation Bureau yesterday said that seven people were suspected of involvement in the nation's biggest cash heist, although Lee Han-yang (李漢揚), one of the suspects, has said he was the only one involved in the theft.

"In addition to Lee [Han-yang] and his brother Lee Chin-tsan (李金瓚), four suspects are thought to have helped them with transportation, escaping to China and money laundering," bureau Deputy Commissioner Kao Cheng-sheng (高政昇) said.

The Lee brothers were handed over to Taiwanese authorities on Thursday after they were apprehended by Chinese police in Yunnan Province.

Lee Chin-tsan is the suspected mastermind and Lee Han-yang is suspected of carrying out the plan. Lee Chin-tsan is believed to have started planning the theft, which occurred on Jan. 2, six months in advance, Kao said.

Of the NT$56 million (US$1.72 million) stolen, officers believe that NT$10 million has already been used by the Lees in China. The rest of the money should still be in Taiwan and officers are trying to figure out its whereabouts, Kao said.

"Lee Han-yang kept telling us that he was the only suspect in the case and it had nothing to do with the rest of them. It is quite obvious that he was trying to help his co-suspects," Kao said.

"We decided to transfer all seven to the Taipei District Prosecutors' Office," Kao said.

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