China’s judicial crackdown nets over 50,000 in telecom fraud cases

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3rd March 2024 – (Beijing) China’s judicial system has taken a firm stance against the rising tide of telecom and online fraud, prosecuting in excess of 50,000 individuals in 2023, as reported by the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) on Sunday. This marks a significant effort by the nation’s top prosecutorial body to combat a pervasive criminal trend that has seen a substantial number of citizens fall prey to sophisticated scams.

In a further demonstration of the extensive nature of these crimes, the SPP disclosed that an additional cohort exceeding 140,000 people, accused of abetting information network criminal activities, faced prosecution over the last year. This group presumably includes those who provided logistical and technical support to the principal fraudsters, thereby facilitating the continuation of such illicit operations.

The SPP, in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Security, has been vigilant in overseeing the resolution of 13 major cross-border telecom and online fraud cases in 2023. These cases often involve elaborate schemes that transcend national boundaries, presenting unique challenges to law enforcement agencies.