The group also reportedly hired people to help it take goods to other countries or secure loans overseas, but did not reimburse them afterward

  • By Chu Pei-hsiung
    and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writer

The alleged mastermind of a group involved in passport theft and forged passports was arrested by the New Taipei City Police Department and National Immigration Agency (NIA) officials on Wednesday last week, the NIA said on Saturday.

The man, surnamed Lee (李), is alleged to have led a group that stole Republic of China passports that were altered to help People’s Republic of China citizens illegally enter Canada, Japan, South Korea, the UK, the US and other countries, the NIA said.

The NIA had been working on the case for two years with immigration authorities in those countries.

Many of the passports stolen were obtained from Taiwanese while they were traveling abroad, the NIA said.

The group also allegedly hired Taiwanese to help it get goods into other countries or secure loans in those countries, it said.

“We received reports from some of those hired to transport goods or secure loans who told us they were not reimbursed…

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