Former Keelung City Council Speaker is found guilty of corruption charges
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.