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Oil maker charged with 235 counts of fraud

Oil maker charged with 235 counts of fraud

Taipei, Oct. 3 (CNA) Yeh Wen-hsiang, chairman of edible oil maker Chang Guann Co., was indicted Friday on charges of food safety violations and 235 counts of fraud for his role in the sale of recycled oil exposed last month. Yeh is accused of buying oil extracted from kitchen waste and other substandard sources from an underground factory and then processing it into lard-based cooking oil, according to an indictment issued by the Pingtung District Prosecutors Office. Chang Guann is accused of fraudulently selling the products to 235 unknowing buyers since March, according to the indictment. Also Friday, Premier Jiang Yi-huah told lawmakers that the Cabinet will make a public announcement by Sunday on measures of punishment for officials to be held responsible over the recycled oil scandal. Agencies that may be penalized include the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Environmental Protection Administration, he said. (By Tai Ya-chen and Y.F. Low)