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Former tycoon charged with bribing prison officials

Former tycoon charged with bribing prison officials

Taipei, Jan. 10 (CNA) The Taipei District Prosecutors Office on Monday indicted Gary Wang, the former chairman of the Eastern Multimedia Group, for bribing prison officials to get perks while serving a sentence in Taipei Prison. Twenty-two others, including former Taipei Prison official Su Ching-chun, were also indicted in the biggest corruption case against prison officials in Taiwan's history. Prosecutors said in the indictment that Wang had been receiving special treatment since he began serving a sentence of five years and six months for his involvement in several embezzlement scandals on Nov. 1, 2013, and asked the court to impose a heavy sentence. They alleged that Wang instructed his personal secretary Hu Hsiao-ching to present gifts as bribes to prison officials to get favorable treatment.
The gifts included tea, fruit, and scallop sauce for Su and a stay in the presidential suite of a luxurious hot spring resort costing NT$180,000 (US$5,643) a night for Su and his wife. The tactic was successful because on the first day Wang was incarcerated, Su subscribed to six newspapers for the new prisoner, according to prosecutors.
Also, fearing that Wang was having difficulties in adjusting to prison life, Su offered Wang a library management room once used by imprisoned former President Chen Shui-bian to serve as his makeshift office, prosecutors said. That allowed Wang to conduct business as usual while serving his sentence, and the prison even increased the number of contacts he was allowed with the outside world so that office documents could be delivered to him for his approval. "Prison officials abused their power for their own benefit. They have reneged on the trust put in them by the public," Deputy Chief Prosecutor Chang Chieh-chin said. When Su was transferred to a job on Green Island in January 2014, he asked his subordinate to continue to take care of Wang's needs, prosecutors said. Wang's case triggered a broader investigation into prison corruption, leading to indictments of prison officials from around the country on Monday. Among the other officials receiving bribes were Chou Ping-jung, the Taipei Prison's management section chief, Taichung Deputy Warden Chao Chung-chih and Yilan Prison Warden Wu Tzai-wei. Prosecutors alleged that Chou, his wife and two daughters had NT$193,000 of cosmetic surgery done that was paid for by one of the prison's inmates. The prison officials also had close conections to organized crime, prosecutors said. Su and Chao were invited several times to feasts by alleged gang leader Chi Jung-lin, who in turn solicited their assistance in take care of his gang members behind bars, prosecutors said in the indictment. (By Page Tsai and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-23 10:11 GMT+08:00