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2 Chinese jailed for swindling Koreans

Two Chinese men who defrauded South Koreans off 5 million yuan (US$823,500)  through various telecom scams were sentenced to 12 and eight years in jail respectively for fraud, the Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court said yesterday.

Prosecutors said the chief culprit Cui Yongzhe, 30, a Korean ethnic minority from Heilongjiang Province, employed several people who could speak Korean and asked them to call South Koreans from the Internet.

Claiming to be Korean police officers at times, or prosecutors or bank clerks, they told their victims that their bank accounts had a problem and directed them to a fake bank website.

After the victims filled in their personal information on the website, they transferred their money into  accounts operated by Cui and his accomplice Kang Huzhe.

The two were caught by police in June 2012 after Cui swindled them of over 5 million yuan.

The court heard that Kang was party to the crime for assisting Cui in the illicit transactions totaling 5.17 million yuan between December 2011 and June 2012.

The two were charged with fraud in March and stood trial in September.

Cui was given a 12-year jail term with a two-year deprivation of political rights and fined 500,000 yuan, while Kang was jailed for eight years and fined 400,000 yuan.

Kang got a lighter punishment for helping police in solving the crime.



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