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Wanted Chinese criminal discovered hiding in central Vietnamese province

Monday, November 23, 2020, 13:26 GMT+7
Wanted Chinese criminal discovered hiding in central Vietnamese province
Yao Feng Cheng at the police station in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tran Hong / Tuoi Tre

A criminal wanted by Chinese police was detected by police in the central Vietnamese province of Thua Thien-Hue after using an expired temporary residence certificate, Vietnamese authorities reported on Sunday.

During an administrative inspection at An Van Duong new urban area in An Dong Ward of Hue City, police officers found that Yao Feng Cheng, a 54-year-old Chinese national, had been staying in the capital city of Thua Thien-Hue without a valid temporary residence certificate or local authorities’ permission for over 16 days.

The provincial police thus fined Yao VND4 million (US$172) as per Vietnamese law.

While further clarifying Yao’s identification, police officers discovered that the Chinese man had been a wanted criminal in his home country’s Jiangsu Province since June 24, 2020 for “false declaration of value added invoices.”

An electronics company founded by Yao overstated a large number of value-added invoices, appropriating a cumulative tax amount of more than 7 million Chinese yuan ($1 million) between 2011 and 2014.

The wanted criminal fled his country following the issuance of a criminal detention and arrest warrant by Chinese police.

The Ministry of Public Security of China sent a written request to its counterpart in Vietnam to assist in arresting and handing over Yao to Chinese authorities.

Vietnamese authorities thus transported Yao to a border gate in the northern province of Lang Son for the handover last Friday.

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