SFPD Make 6 arrests in Asian Theft Scam Investigation Targeting Older Asian Women
On May 10, 2012, at approximately 8pm, investigators from the San Francisco Police Department Special Victims Financial Crimes Unit made 6 arrests in connection with the fraudulent scam investigation involving older Asian women targeted for their cash and jewelry.
The investigation began as a result of a number of reported incidents in which the suspects had obtained property from the victims under false pretense including cash and jewelry. Investigators from the Special Victims Financial Unit spent countless hours diligently and painstakingly reviewing leads in the case which led to these arrests. The investigators were assisted in their investigation by investigators from the FBI, Custom and Borders Protection, New York, Chicago and Boston Police Departments. Investigators also worked collaboratively with the District Attorneys Office throughout the investigation.
Three arrestees, identified as Lirong Lin, 57, Caiqiong Chen, 43, Huifei Lin, 42, were charged with multiple counts of grand theft, extortion and elder financial abuse. Lirong Lin and Huifei Lin are also being held on out of state warrants. Huifei Lin is also charged with one count of robbery. Two arrestees, Feiyan Wu, 45, and Qinying Ke, 47, are being held on out of state warrants. One arrestee was not charged and subsequently released.
The San Francisco Police Department is requesting that any additional victims of these suspects come forward and contact investigators to file a report.
Anyone with information in these cases are requested to contact Inspector Kim Lewis or Inspector Julie Yee of the Financial Crimes Unit at 415-553-1521 or can provide information anonymously at 415-575-4444 or text a tip at TIP411.
San Francisco Police have also established a Limited English Proficiency Tip Line for the public to provide information related to this investigation in Cantonese at 415-553-9212 or 1-855-SFPD-TIP.