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Former legislative secretary-general indicted on corruption charges

2016/05/02 12:35:31

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Taipei, May 2 (CNA) Former secretary-general of the Legislature Lin Hsi-shan (林錫山) and 12 other people were indicted Monday for alleged irregularities in the procurement of computers for the Legislature over a six-year period.

After nearly four months of collecting evidence, the Taipei District Prosecutors Office brought the indictment against Lin, saying he was involved in a scheme that paid him NT$39.5 million (US$1.22 million) in kickbacks to help a company secure contracts for the supply of computers to the Legislature.

From 2011 to 2015, Farnet Technologies Co. (網遠科技公司) won 33 contacts to supply the Legislature with computers, prosecutors said, adding that Farnet was usually the lone bidder.

Prosecutors also indicted Lin Hsi-shan's wife, former director of the Information Technology Department of the Legislature; Farnet Technologies Chairman Lee Pao-cheng (李保承); six members of the Legislature's staff; and four Farnet employees.

The investigation was launched after prosecutors received a tip-off in 2013 alleging that Lin had been taking kickbacks from the computer company.

On Jan. 19, prosecutors seized NT$6 million in cash during a raid on Lin's office at the Legislature.

They also searched various premises in Taipei, New Taipei, Hsinchu Cities and Changhua County and questioned 33 people.

Lin served as legislative secretary-general from February 1999 to Jan. 31 this year, the day before a new Legislature was seated. Prior to that, he was a three-term legislator, representing Changhua from 1990-1999.

(By You Kai-hsiang and Lilian Wu)