Malaysian conman deported following arrest in Taichung

Taipei,  A Malaysian conman was deported back to his country of origin in mid-May after being arrested in Taichung, thanks to cooperation between the police on both sides, Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said on Monday.

Stanley Goh Teik Keng, 44, was arrested at a luxury apartment in the central Taiwan city by Taiwanese law enforcement agents on May 14 acting on a tipoff provided by Malaysian police in March, Su Li-tsung (蘇立琮), captain of the Second Squadron of the CIB International Criminal Affairs Division, told a news conference.

According to Su, Goh, a self-claimed “datuk seri” — a Malaysian honorific — has been charged for his roles in multiple fraud cases in various Southeast Asian countries.

In 2010, Goh established several shell companies as a means of luring investors from Malaysia, Singapore and Cambodia to fund his scams that he boasted ranged from cosmetic surgery to energy, Su said.

The fraudster is believed to have swindled more than 100 million Chinese yuan (US$13.98 million) from around 1,000 people between 2010 and 2017, he said.

In 2018, Goh was placed on a wanted list by the INTERPOL National Central Bureaus in Cambodia and Malaysia for his notorious scamming, leading Malaysian authorities to revoke his passport in February this year, but not before he had already left for Taiwan.

After receiving a tipoff from Malaysia in March that Goh had entered Taiwan on a tourist visa in late December, local law enforcement began searching for the man and arrested him in Taichung on May 14.

He was sent back to Malaysia two days later, where he was arrested by Malaysian police on May 30 after undergoing mandatory 14-day quarantine because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the CIB.

 

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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