CIB investigator, mistress charged with accepting bribes
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-02-26 03:25 PM
A total of nine persons including the deputy chief of the Keelung branch of the Marine Investigation Office (MIO) of the Criminal Investigation Bureau and his mistress have been charged with accepting bribes totaling NT$1 million in a land reclamation project at Taipei Port. Kuei Hung-cheng of the MIO allegedly allowed local contractors to dump sub-standard fill being used to create deepwater berths for large ships in the harbor. Kuei and his mistress as well as others from the MIO office and members of an earthmoving firm were called in Tuesday for questioning related to the charges.

The three earthmoving industry employees have admitted providing bribe money, but Kuei and Chen have denied the charges and face further questioning. Meanwhile Kuei and another MIO officer were released on bail of NT$300,000 and NT$100,000 respectively early Wednesday while Chen was retained in custody.

The Taipei Prosecutors Office uncovered the bribery case in the course of investigating an unrelated case of corruption case last year. After more than a year of monitoring and investigation the suspects were all rounded up for questioning Tuesday.

Investigators have established that Asian Giant Construction won the bid for reclamation in the back-harbor area at Taipei Port in 2010. The company dredged soil from the seabed but found it was too soft and loose for the purposes of the project. They were thus forced to look for a source of ‘outside’ or up-to-standard fill in order to build up on the sea floor.

Investigation revealed that Chen approached the owner of Vision International to obtain waste fill containing broken bricks and other refuse to use as landfill for a fee of NT$1 million.

In another land reclamation project in the Taipei Port Logistics Warehouse District in March 2013, Chen arranged a deal for more waste fill, again for a bribe of NT$1 million. Kuei reportedly received NT$800,000 in that deal while another MIO officer took NT$200,000.

Prosecutors also found that Chen acted as a ‘middleman’ in the bidding for another contract at the Port of Taipei and was wined and dined by another contractor, but the contractor did not win that particular bid. The Prosecutors Office suspects that there are other problems related to MIO officers and the port area and are continuing their investigation.

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