15 Oct 2003

Palau to probe Chinese migration scam

6:33 am on 15 October 2003

Almost two dozen Chinese are to return home after flying to Palau last month on false promises of work, English language lessons and eligibility to work in the U.S.

They paid 5-thousand U.S. dollars each only to discover that the English Language Centre they were to attend, did not exist.

Police are now investigating the scam and our correspondent, Scott Radway, says a woman has been identified who took the payments.

"It appears she also set up living arrangements here in Palau, this woman, Feng Yamei, had actually been to Palau about a year before. Immigration officials believe that was probably to visit the location and make some of the arrangements."

Scott Radway says investigators want to find out who in Palau was involved in setting up the scheme.