For­mer Keelung City Coun­cil Speaker is found guilty of cor­rup­tion charges

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY STEPHANIE CHAO

For­mer Keelung City Coun­cil Speaker Huang Ching-tai (

) was found guilty for vi­o­lat­ing the Anti-Cor­rup­tion Act by em­bez­zling ap­prox­i­mately NT$9 mil­lion of coun­cil funds yesterday af­ter an eight-month trial.

Huang was sen­tenced by the Keelung Dis­trict Court with 20 years of im­pris­on­ment, and stripped of his rights for four years.

Huang said he would seek an ap­peal.

Ac­cord­ing to the court’s rul­ing, Huang di­rected for­mer Keelung City Coun­cil Gen­eral Af­fairs Man­ager Chang Wei-chih ( ) to pur­chase gifts from four com­pa­nies un­der the Keelung City Coun­cil’s name in 2011.

A to­tal of 104 illegal re­ceipts were writ­ten off by the com­pa­nies, drain­ing the city coun­cil’s public funds. The re­ceipts to­taled at around NT$9.14 mil­lion. At least NT$6.75 mil­lion was used to pay Huang and his fam­ily’s credit card bills, tu­ition fees, and util­ity bills.

The court said that Huang lacked re­pen­tance and ruled that he should be dealt with a more se­vere pun­ish­ment. Huang ad­mit­ted his in­volve­ment in em­bez­zling the city coun­cil public funds in April, and said he was will­ing to re­pay the gov­ern­ment for all of the money taken.

Huang has only paid back ap­prox­i­mately NT$3.22 mil­lion as of press time, and still owed around NT$5.92 mil­lion, the court stated.

Guilty for Other Cor­rup­tion Crime

On Huang’s in­volve­ment in cor­rup­tion deal­ings with a street ex­pan­sion pro­ject for Yue­mei Road ( ), the court ruled Huang guilty for col­lud­ing with for­mer City Coun­cilor Cheng I-Hsin ( ), who rep­re­sented Kaoh­si­ung City’s Nuan Nuan dis­trict. Pros­e­cu­tors claimed that each bribed in­de­pen­dent can­di­date Yang Shih-cheng ( ) with NT$200,000 in May 2012.

Huan and Cheng have de­nied those charges.

Huang was found guilty un­der charges of “of­fer­ing a bribe to en­sure no breach of of­fi­cial du­ties.”

The rul­ing was based on Huang’s de­fend­ing the in­volved com­pa­nies un­der the knowl­edge that the road was lo­cated in a re­mote area with “low ex­pan­sion value,” and the area had al­ter­na­tive routes al­ready avail­able.

On another case in­volv­ing Huang, the court deemed him not guilty as the pros­e­cu­tors could not prove Huang had ex­ploited his po­si­tion in the Keelung City Gov­ern­ment and ben­e­fited from al­leged bribes made by Ra­dium Life Tech ( ), a well-known con­struc­tion com­pany.

Pros­e­cu­tors al­leged that Huang pre­vi­ously “asked” the city gov­ern­ment and city coun­cilors to ex­am­ine and pause con­struc­tion of a pro­ject led by Ra­dium Life Tech, lo­cated in Nuan Nuan Dis­trict. They said that con­trac­tors bribed both Huang and Cheng with a to­tal of NT$500,000 in or­der to lower con­struc­tion costs and con­tinue with con­struc­tion.

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