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Collecting coins => The law, breaking it, international shipping => Topic started by: Figleaf on October 31, 2008, 08:37:42 PM

Title: Taiwan: capital injection
Post by: Figleaf on October 31, 2008, 08:37:42 PM
Police bust 10-year-old fake NT$50 coin factory in Taiwan
Central News Agency, 2008-10-31 01:13 AM
 
A makeshift factory that specialized in counterfeiting NT$50 (US$1.53) coins for the past 10 years has been discovered and manufacturing stopped in the southern county of Kaohsiung, with its owner arrested, police announced Thursday.

The 61-year-old owner, identified only by his family name Lin, told police he had been producing the fake NT$50 coins for a decade, injecting more that 500,000 fake coins, with a total face value of over NT$20 million, into the local market.

Acting on a tip-off, a law enforcement team of officers from the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) and police bureaus in Kaohsiung City, Kaohsiung County and neighboring Tainan County, raided the factory in Kaohsiung County's Luchu township Wednesday and seized its owner and a large number of finished and unfinished fake NT$50 coins, as well as counterfeiting machines and other equipment.

According to a CIB spokesman, Lin sold the fake coins to downstream accomplices who then laundered the money through retail market channels, night markets, convenience stores and automatic vending machines.

As the amounts were not large and no coin verification machines are available on the local market, the operation was not detected until recently, the police said.

Source: Taiwan News (http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_content.php?id=776942)
Title: Re: Taiwan: capital injection
Post by: Rangnath on November 06, 2008, 11:49:41 PM
I was once told that if you see one rat in the day time, there are at least seven more that go undetected at night.  Is the same true for counterfeiters?
richie
Title: Re: Taiwan: capital injection
Post by: Figleaf on November 09, 2008, 05:22:51 PM
I found that the same goes for cockroaches :P

How long before the Taiwanese machines start checking coins and the counterfeiters find that collectors are easier targets?

Peter
Title: Re: Taiwan: capital injection
Post by: Rangnath on November 10, 2008, 12:25:52 AM
Now you have done it Peter. You just gave financial advice to criminals!  You economists..  ::)
richie