Ex-fire chief indicted on more corruption charges
Central News Agency
2013-05-08 07:13 PM
Taipei, May 9 (CNA) Former National Fire Agency chief Huang Chi-min and eight others were indicted Wednesday on multiple charges related to irregularities in the procurement of a satellite communications system and follow-up services in 2004 and 2008. Huang, who is already facing charges related to nine procurement cases between 2002 and 2006, was indicted for corruption, forgery, breach of trust and violating the Government Procurement Act in helping a designated contractor win the communications system tender. Prosecutors found that Huang and other agency officials favored Taiwan International Standard Electronics Ltd. in the 2004 bidding for a disaster response and prevention satellite communications system, an on-site communications command vehicle and an integrated platform. Also involved in the irregularities, prosecutors allege, was Shih Chien University Associate Professor Chin Li-peng, who was responsible for supervising the work done. Prosecutors accused Huang and his cohorts of tailoring the tender to ensure their preferred contractor won it and then formally accepting the contractor's work even before it was completed. After the program expired in 2008, Huang again favored Taiwan International Standard Electronics in follow-up contracts even though it finished second in the agency's assessment of bidders. Huang and the others forced the company that had the strongest evaluation to pull out by finding fault with it, in complete disregard for the quality of the contract, and helped the contractor make a windfall of NT$12.07 million, prosecutors said. They also said Chin received a NT$2 million consulting fee from the contractor. After learning in 2009 that the Investigation Bureau wanted to see documents related to the cases, Huang and his deputy Chen Wen-lung provided the bureau with falsified documents, prosecutors said, leading to the forgery charges. Huang may face more charges in the future as prosecutors continue to look into his possible role in money laundering and other irregularities. Prosecutors believe that Huang may have laundered money by remitting hundreds of thousands of Taiwan dollars to his son, Huang Yu-sheng, in mainland China, buying gold bars, and sending money to Tokyo and China to buy property there through underground channels. Huang Yu-sheng, who allegedly assisted his father in the money laundering operation, was placed on the wanted list last year after failing to respond to summons from Taiwanese authorities for questioning. Prosecutors also believe that Huang used the name of his son to invest NT$40 million in a cram school, which has earned a return of around NT$1 million per year. Huang was previously indicted by the Taipei District Prosecutors Office on Dec. 25, 2012 on separate corruption charges. Prosecutors accused Huang of accepting bribes of NT$19.24 million between 2002 and 2006 in nine tenders for disaster prevention and relief equipment and recommended that he be given a life sentence. The case is now being tried at the Taipei District Court. (By Liu Shih-yi and Lilian Wu)
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