Five charged over fake jade
Five Chinese were detained yesterday in Chiayi and charged with selling fake jade antiques and counterfeit luxury watches in violation of trademark regulations, city police said. The four women and one man were arrested at a jade and antique market on Xinmin Road, where they were allegedly selling antique jade and art pieces, as well as counterfeit luxury watch brands, police said. The items, particularly the watches, looked very authentic, according to police. An initial investigation alleged that the five suspects, four of whom are married to Taiwanese men, have some expertise in antique jade and art and had been selling fake items at antique markets around the nation, police said. The police said they would investigate the source of the items.
No Liu hearing date: MOFA
The date of a sentencing hearing for a Taiwanese diplomat detained on labor fraud charges in the US has not yet been decided, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesman James Chang (章計平) said yesterday, rebutting an article in the Kansas City Star on Tuesday that said a hearing had been set for Jan. 18. The office of US District Judge David Gregory Kays is hearing the case of diplomat Jacqueline Liu (劉姍姍), the director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Kansas City, Missouri, who was arrested by the FBI last month and charged with underpaying and overworking two Philippine housekeepers. After Liu was arrested on Nov. 10, her lawyer negotiated a plea bargain agreement under which Liu would plead guilty and be sentenced to time served and pay US$80,044 in restitution to her two victims before being deported. However, Kays did not immediately approve the plea agreement at a Nov. 18 hearing, leaving Liu in limbo.