Tue, Apr 14, 2015 - Page 5 News List

Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

CRIME

Alleged con artists arrested

Police have arrested 39 suspects as part of a crackdown jointly launched by authorities in Taiwan, China and Indonesia on an alleged cross-border fraud ring based in Bali, Indonesia. The 39 suspects, including five Chinese, were sent to Taiwan aboard two flights late on Sunday, the Criminal Investigation Division of the Taipei City Police Department said. The suspects allegedly pretended to be from the Chinese government and a Chinese bank and asked their victims to remit money to certain bank accounts under the pretext that their credit card information had been stolen and they had to transfer funds to help with the investigation. Police said the alleged gang was made up of 34 Taiwanese and five Chinese nationals.

TRANSPORTATION

Wuta Tunnel lane finished

The Suhua Highway improvement project moved one step closer to completion on Saturday last week when construction of the southbound lane of the Wuta Tunnel was finished. The 464m tunnel in Nanao Township (南澳), Yilan County, is one of eight tunnels along the coastal highway that leads to Hualien County and is the third to be completed. Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) has said that 63 percent of the highway improvement project involves tunnel-boring, which is a challenging task because of the fragile geology of the area. The project is scheduled to be finished in 2017. Its three new road sections will replace the narrow coastal road that now links Yilan and Hualien counties. The new sections will run from Suao to Dongao Township (東澳) in Yilan, from Yilan’s Nanao to Heping Township (和平) in Hualien, and from Heping to Chongde Township (崇德), which is also in Hualien, covering a total of 38.8km.

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