Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Cheng Li-wun (鄭麗文) said yesterday that she had not ruled out filing a lawsuit against a teenager who allegedly pretended to be her legislative aide in a bid to retrieve data from the Taipei City Department of Labor.
The teenager also allegedly fooled former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) last year by posing as a fortune teller.
Cheng told reporters that she had reported the case to the police after 16-year-old Huang Chao-kang (黃照岡) or “Huang Chi” (黃琪) pretended to be Cheng’s assistant on three occasions.
Huang is alleged to have called the security company of his residence at the end of last year, posing as a “Ms Wang” from Cheng’s legislative office, and demanded that his apartment building’s security guard be punished.
Huang then allegedly called the labor department using the same alias on Jan. 6 in a bid to retrieve labor insurance data on his tarot students.
He also allegedly tried to apply for a cellphone using a fake ID while claiming that he was helping Cheng’s assistant with the application.
The 16-year-old was found last year to have allegedly scammed clients, including Chen, by pretending that he was a UK-trained fortuneteller.
He was summoned to the police station for questioning late on Wednesday.
A story in the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper) yesterday quoted him as saying that he was suffering political persecution.
Cheng said she had received numerous phone calls informing her of Huang’s conduct.
Cheng said Huang had also called her on her cellphone to apologize, but “he refused to admit any wrongdoing and blamed everything on his assistant.”
“His apology was meaningless,” Cheng said.
“I think this child has problems communicating with people. He pretended to be my aide because he thought he would be able to enjoy certain privileges,” Cheng said.
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