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Chinese fraudster stole $17 million: police

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Chinese fraudster stole $17 million: police
The 46-year-old man, identified only by his initials Q.Z., was arrested near his home in Albacete (pictured) in southeastern Spain. File photo: Gabriel Villena
08:55 CEST+02:00
Spanish police said on Tuesday they have detained a Chinese man wanted for allegedly swindling 40 people in China out of around 17 million euros ($23 million) between 2009 and 2012.

The 46-year-old man, identified only by his initials Q.Z., was arrested near his home in Albacete in southeastern Spain under an international warrant issued by Chinese authorities, police said in a statement.

"The fugitive, under the pretext of running a pawnshop and a deposit company and being the director of a company, captured the public's money by offering a monthly interest rate of five percent," the statement said.

"He swindled over 140 million yuan, around 17 million euros, from 40 victims," it added.

Spanish police in June detained a Chinese man in Madrid wanted for allegedly selling homes in China which were never built to more than 10,000 families between 2011 and 2013 in a scam worth more than 24.5 million euros.

Some 185,000 Chinese nationals live in Spain, the fifth biggest foreign community in the country, according to the National Statistics Institute.

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