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Immigration head removed over reported misappropriation of funds

2018/12/12 13:52:57

Jeff Yang, head of the National Immigration Agency

Taipei, Dec. 12 (CNA) The head of the National Immigration Agency (NIA) has been removed from his position over reported misappropriation of funds, the Ministry of the Interior said in a statement Wednesday.

Jeff Yang (楊家駿) was transferred to the position of senior councilor at the NIA because the alleged misconduct has damaged the image of the government and has left the public with a negative impression of public officials, according to the statement.

Deputy Interior Minister Chen Tsung-yen (陳宗彥) said Wednesday that Yang has been placed under investigation and any further adjustments to his position will be made depending on the result of the investigation.

According to a report by the Mirror Media, Yang was accompanied by his wife on two trips to southern Taiwan in October and November for business purposes, but the trips were primarily personal in nature, including eating and tourism.

The report also alleges that Yang claimed reimbursement for his personal expenses incurred during the trips by characterizing them as business expenses.

Yang called a press conference to defend himself.

In his statement, Yang said he was so tied up with his work in Taipei that his business trips to visit foreign spouses, migrant workers, or NIA staff to better understand their needs had to be scheduled on weekends or during public holidays.

Although his wife travelled with him in a government vehicle in Kaohsiung and Pingtung County during the two trips and did not bear her own meal expenses, she paid for high speed rail tickets herself, as well as accommodation expenses in excess of allowable reimbursement, Yang said.

(By Shih Hsiu-chuan)