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2 stand trial for defrauding S. Koreans

Two Chinese men were each charged with swindling South Koreans of more 5 million yuan (US$816,940) through an elaborate telecom scam, the Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court heard yesterday.

Prosecutors said Cui Yongzhe, 30, and Kang Huzhe, 35, were both Korean ethnic minority. Cui rented a place in Shanghai in 2012 and employed several people who could speak Korean.

They were told to make calls to South Korea using the Internet. They would claim to be police officers, prosecutors or bank clerks and try to defraud the South Koreans, the court heard.

The South Koreans would be told there was a problem with their bank accounts and directed to a fake bank website, where they filled in their personal information, the court heard.

The swindlers then emptied their bank accounts, with the money moved to the two suspects accounts, prosecutors said.

Cui, who had four bank accounts, pocketed more than 5.02 million yuan between February and June last year.

Kang made  5.17 million yuan between December 2011 to June 2012, the court heard. The money would go through several transactions to avoid detection. Kang also allegedly helped Cui with the bank transfers.

The two were caught in Shanghai on June 8 last year and charged with fraud by prosecutors later.

Cui would give the employees 20 percent of the defrauded money. He, however, told the court that not all the money in his bank accounts were ill-gotten, but he couldn’t explain where they came from.



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