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Ex-Taoyuan official given 19 years in land development scandal

Ex-Taoyuan official given 19 years in land development scandal

Taipei, March 20 (CNA) Yeh Shih-wen (???), a former Taoyuan deputy county magistrate before the county was upgraded to a special municipality late last year, was convicted of bribe taking and sentenced to 19 years in prison at Taipei District Court on Friday. Yeh and co-defendant Chao Teng-hsiung (???), founder of Farglory Land Development Co., were indicted by prosecutors on charges of corruption last July for their roles in an affordable housing construction project in Taoyuan City. Chao was sentenced to 4 years and six months in imprison on Friday. Calling the verdict unjust, Farglory Group spokesman Yang Shun-chin (???) said Chao's lawyer would file an appeal after reviewing the documents detailing the court's ruling. Yeh was charged by prosecutors for taking bribes from Farglory relating to two public development projects in two separate official positions -- as deputy county magistrate and head of the Construction and Planning Agency. He was also prosecuted for corruption in the Danhai New Town development project in Danshui, New Taipei City. The former governmental official was acquitted in the second Farglory-related case -- a land development project in Hsinchu -- and the Danhai New Town case. Chao was indicted for paying bribes to Yeh to secure the projects for Farglory.
(By Page Tsai and Elizabeth Hsu)