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Taipower inspector detained in corruption scandal

Taipower inspector detained in corruption scandal

Taipei, May 7 (CNA) A local court granted prosecutors permission Tuesday to detain an employee of state-run Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) for his suspected role in a corruption scandal. The New Taipei District Court gave the permission after deciding that Chen Chun-hsiung, an inspector responsible for quality control on the transformers purchased by his company, had committed serious offenses and might collude with others involved in the case. Chen is suspected of doctoring inspection results to help contractors secure purchasing bids in return for favors that included free nights out at hostess clubs. The contractors allegedly provided products made with parts of lesser quality after they won the tenders, some of which were later found to be defective, according to New Taipei prosecutors. Chen admitted to accepting the free visits to hostess clubs but denied the allegations that he helped the contractors secure bids. Another inspector, Cheng Hu-chin, who is also listed as a defendant, was granted bail of NT$100,000 (US$3,380), while the contractors involved were released on bail ranging between NT$10,000 and NT$100,000 (By Liu Shih-yi and Scully Hsiao)

Updated : 2021-10-22 20:56 GMT+08:00