China announces new crackdown on high-tech fraud

Staff Writer
April 8, 2011
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China's highest courts, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) and the Supreme People's Procuratorate, have issued new rules to combat high-tech fraud. The new judicial interpretation aims to provide clearer guidelines on what constitues high-tech fraud, and also stipulates penalties for accomplices who assist in the transfer of criminally gained funds, with full awareness of the offense.

Under the new changes, suspects of fraud can be convicted and punished if they send more than 5,000 fraudulent messages or make telephone calls under false pretenses to more than 500 people, even without evidence of specific gains from such scams. People who offer technical services or techniques for fraduent communication could also face conviction as accomplices if they are deemed to have acted knowingly during a fradulent process.

China's courts have seen a large rise in cases of fraud in recent years, helped partly by a huge increase in the number of people using the internet and mobile phones to conduct business. In 2010 China's courts received a total of over 25,000 cases of fraud prosecution and sentenced 32,284 people, a sharp increase from 16,345 cases received in 2005.


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