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Police accused of filing false accident insurance claims

2012/05/30 22:24:39

Taipei, May 30 (CNA) New Taipei City police collaborated with a fraud syndicate to file 37 fabricated traffic accidents over the last 10 years, the prosecutor in charge of the case, Huang Pei-yu, said Wednesday.

With the help of officers from the city's Xindian District, the fraud ring had obtained over NT$100 million (US$3.36 million) in insurance compensation over the last decade, he said.

On Tuesday, the Taipei District Prosecutor's Office questioned 11 officers, including two retired officers from the Xindian, who were suspected of helping fraud syndicates obtain insurance funds by filing false traffic accident reports.

The police officers could face fraud and corruption charges.

Meanwhile, eight claims officers from Taian Insurance Co. and one middleman were taken in for questioning on Tuesday on suspicion of involvement in the case.

Prosecutors are seeking to have the nine suspects detained and held incommunicado.

Acting on a tip off last year that several officers were involved in a car insurance scam, police referred the case to prosecutors for further investigation, said Deputy Minister of the Interior Chien Tai-lang.

However, the investigation was not completed until early March. A police officer surnamed Kao from the Xindian Police Precinct was suspected of helping a fraud ring led by a couple surnamed Wang to file three fake car accidents reports, for which they received NT$5.95 million in insurance compensation, Chien said.

(By Liu Shi-yi, Tseng Yin-yu and C.J. Lin)