VANCOUVER — Officials in Taipei are asking Ottawa to help find and deport from Canada a celebrity blogger accused of fleeing Taiwan with millions in stolen funds from a high-end cosmetic surgery clinic.
Su Chen Tuan, better known as Lady Nai Nai, built a following in Taiwan for her beauty and lifestyle tips.
She is alleged to have been part of defrauding clients and investors of more than $42 million, declaring her business bankrupt, getting on a plane to the U.S. and ending up somewhere in Eastern Canada, starting first on Prince Edward Island. The accusations have not been proven in court.
The story has captured the interest of some Taiwanese-Canadians in B.C. who have been talking about the case online among themselves.
Their Facebook page was recently discovered by reporters in Taiwan.
The Taiwanese-Canadians see themselves as part of a bigger effort to share information and, maybe, expose the whereabouts of Su, her husband Huang Po Chien and father-in-law Huang Li Hsiung.
All are named as being wanted by Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice.
“We cannot actually do anything, of course, but I was just thinking we could help put some pressure on the situation by spreading the details and making it harder for them to hide,” said Sophie Lin, a Richmond resident.
She keeps up with current events in Taiwan even though she has lived in B.C. for more than 20 years, and said she and “most Taiwanese feel some shame.”
Alleged victims in Taiwan claim they were duped out of millions of dollars when a cosmetic surgery clinic in Taipei run by Su and her husband abruptly closed.
Some said they paid in advance for various services and others were highly leveraged investors in the business.
Canada does not have diplomatic ties or an extradition treaty with Taiwan. Canada officially recognizes mainland China, which does not consider Taiwan a sovereign nation, but rather as a part of its territory. This means countries that diplomatically recognize mainland China and Beijing cannot have official government relations with Taiwan.
Despite this, it is still possible for agreements to be made on a case-by-case basis, according to lawyers.
Alice Wang, senior assistant director of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Vancouver, which serves as a de facto representative group, said Canada and Taiwan have a close relationship, with each actively promoting tourism and economic trade.
“We respect the procedures within Canada and we hope Canada can help deport these three people,” said Wang.
LOS ANGELES — An adult industry source tonight released a statement from adult performer Mercedes Carrera relative to her recent arrest, as well as the arrest of adult producer and partner Daemon Cins.
The XBIZ source said that “Mercedes has asked that the following statement for her in regards to the false allegations against her and her husband be posted.”
Here is Carrera’s statement:
Last week, my husband and I [were] arrested on charges of molesting my nine-year-old daughter, the absolute worst crime I can imagine. The charges were filed by her father, my ex-partner (a fundamentalist Christian). He is trying to take custody of our child from me. The charges are absolutely false and horrifying, and a last ditch effort to keep me from contact with my daughter for the rest of my life. I am so worried for her. Her life is shattered. Life will never be the same for any of us. We are struggling to make sense of this nightmare. This is a no-bail offense, so we are stuck in jail until we are cleared. We are facing decades in prison and do not even have money for a lawyer. We do not know what to do, but I ask that you all know me for who I am, and know that neither I nor my husband would ever, ever do anything like this to any child, let alone my beloved daughter.