Taipei--A 63-year-old Taiwanese man, who has been wanted on fraud charges for 24 years, was caught running a red light in Kaohsiung City on Monday, just one year before the statute of limitations on his alleged crimes runs out, the police said that day.
The man, surnamed Chang, was arrested in Lingya District after running a red light on his scooter, Kaohsiung police said.
The man said he ran the red light because he could not see the traffic lights clearly, the police added.
Chang initially told the police a fake ID number, but on checking officers became suspicious when the picture did not match. Asked again for his ID Chang pretended to faint, but banged his head on the floor and was left bleeding. The police rushed him to a nearby hospital, where on further questioning he revealed his real identity and was found to be a criminal wanted on suspicion of forging securities since 1993.
At the time of his arrest there was just one year left on the statute of limitations to file charges against Chang.
The police said Chang has also previously been convicted of fraud and counterfeiting money, and will now also be required to pay NT$7,000 in medical bills.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel