A Taiwanese man was sentenced to two years in prison after conning victims into buying “spiritual” Elmo dolls for one million NTD with his wife.
The 58-year-old scammer, surnamed Lin, reportedly called himself a Tantric Qigong master. He and his 55-year-old wife, surnamed Yang, opened a temple in Taoyuan, Taiwan 11 years ago, selling “golden water”, elixir and so on.
They tempted each believer to spend one million NTD on a so-called “spiritual” Elmo for worship, claiming that the Elmo was a “Buddha baby” of Bodhisattva which was worth a hefty price.
According to the report, one of the victims sought help from the couple after his company had shut down. The “storytellers” claimed that his misfortune was a result of the gods he worshiped at home having been “kidnapped abroad”.
The fraudsters then urged him to give them three million NTD for “saving the gods abroad”, an excuse they used, essentially, to travel on leisurely vacations. The couple had been successfully swindling tens of millions of NTD in total.
What’s more, the two even suggested that the man invest in real estates in the underworld, attempting to wrangle in 300,000 NTD further. The victim realized he was cheated when he found out his company was still operating unfavorably, but at that time he was already hands deep in heaps of debts.
After a four million NTD settlement with the victims, the man and his wife were sentenced to two and one year of imprisonment respectively [with suspended imprisonment (probation) and penalties], on fraud charges.
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By Christy Mak