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Man mails live worms and fake money to celebrities because he wanted attention

By Mason White 12:00 PM March 13, 2014
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By: Aarav Sen
A man was arrested after mailing live worms and fake money to celebrities, police in Taiwan said.

The man allegedly sent threatening letters containing live worms and ceremonial money, traditionally used in rituals at funerals, to local celebrities.

The man was arrested on Wednesday. The first incident occurred last month, when a record company received a letter for pop singer Jam Hsiao, containing a bag of crawling worms.

Similar letters were also mailed to a prominent lawyer, an agent of an entertainment company and a restaurant chain owner. The suspect, Lai Chin-hsien, 32, was arrested in the city of Kaohsiung, after police interviewed aquariums and bird shops that sell the worms found in the letters.

According to police, Lai admitted that he sent the worms and the ceremonial money to celebrities in an attempt to get attention because he was upset that his girlfriend was indicted for violating trademark laws. Lai mailed a total of 27 letters.

His girlfriend, Lin, 25, was also arrested after being accused of selling knock off items. In Taiwan, ceremonial paper money is usually burned in rituals to honor the dead, but is also used to put a curse on people and make death threats.