(Xinhua) -- Forty people, 35 from the Chinese mainland
and five from Taiwan, were given prison terms ranging from three to
12 years on Friday, after being repatriated from Kenya over
telecommunication fraud in August 2016.
A court in Beijing said the group
pretended to be government officials to cheat 20 people out of over
1.22 million yuan (about 180,000 U.S. dollars) through money
transfers via phone calls from Kenya.
The convicted were fined and some of
them deprived of their political rights, the court ruled. The
defendants pleaded guilty in court and 10 of them returned their
illegal income with the help of relatives.