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Prosecutors impound money remitted by ex-fire chief

2012/09/18 21:15:28

Taipei, Sept. 18 (CNA) Prosecutors have seized money remitted to Singapore from Taiwan by former National Fire Agency Director-General Huang Chi-min, currently being held on suspicion of accepting kickbacks.

Huang was found to have sent NT$35 million (US$1.19 million) to Singapore through a bank account belonging to a family member.

After obtaining authorization from the family member, the prosecution authorities then remitted the money back to Huang's account in Taiwan and impounded it.

On Aug. 29, Huang and 21 other people, including members of his family and three civil servants, were questioned by the Taipei District Prosecutors Office over alleged corruption.

Investigators also found and seized 16 kg of gold worth over NT$26 million in Huang's office and residence.

After another two rounds of searches, the prosecutors said they had impounded NT$4 million, 6 million Japanese yen, US$40,000, HK$180,000 in cash along with money in various other foreign currencies, as well as NT$6.8 million deposited in various bank accounts, a house and a plot of land, in addition to the NT$35 million remitted from Singapore.

The prosecutors will look into the sources of the money and property seized to find out if they were collected in the form of bribes or through other illegal channels.

(By Liu Shih-yi and Lilian Wu)