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Former diplomat sentenced for corruption

2017/12/15 16:07

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Taipei, Dec. 15 (CNA) A former Taiwanese diplomat found guilty of corruption was sentenced Friday to two years in jail, suspended for three years, and will be deprived of his political rights as a Taiwanese citizen for a year, according to a ruling by Taiwan's Supreme Court.

The verdict read that Lin Wen-ho (林文和) is guilty of embezzling money from his entertainment expenses when he was serving as the deputy consul-general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Honolulu from January 2014 to May 2015.

Lin fabricated documents to make it look like he was hosting meetings and dinners with American government and business officials, when in fact the money was going to non-official purposes, such as treating Taiwanese students studying abroad to dinner or travel expenses of people he knew, according to the verdict.

He did this on seven different occasions and was able to collect a total of US$2,650 (NT$79,500) from the office's entertainment funds, the verdict said.

The Supreme Court noted that it reduced Lin's sentence, which for a corruption case is usually seven years or more in prison, because of his confession of guilt and the relatively small amount of money that was embezzled.

(By Hsiao Po-wen and Kuan-lin Liu)Enditem/J