Prosecutors indict transvestite with fraud over office leasing

The China Post news staff

The China Post news staff–A cross-dressing man with a long criminal record of defrauding media personnel has been indicted again on fraud charges, prosecutors in Taipei said yesterday. The 50-year-old man, surnamed Liu, who is on parole over a previous conviction, stands accused of defrauding a manager of a news website in an office lease deal, the prosecutors said. The manager, surnamed Ma, thought he was dealing with a woman when he agreed to sublease his office to Liu beginning May 1, 2011, according to the indictment. Ma also agreed to let Liu use his telephone and other electronic devices. As of the end of August, Liu had owed Ma more than NT$70,000 in rent and other expenses, plus a camera the defendant had taken from the manager. The camera needed fixing, and Liu claimed that he could find someone to have it fixed. Ma gave Liu the camera and NT$2,000 for the repair fee.

On July 29, Ma learned about Liu’s true gender and the fact that he had defrauded many other people in the media business. Confronted by Ma, Liu gave NT$4,000 as a first payment for the debt.

Ma had wanted to settle the case in private, but later decided to report to police to avoid more people falling victim to the cross-dressing man, according to the Central News Agency. Questioned by prosecutors, Liu admitted that he has never paid any rent to Ma and has not yet returned the camera, the CNA said. Liu, who was wearing make-up during the questioning, told prosecutors that he has been cross-dressing since high school, the CNA added.