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Former Ko assistant fined

Former Ko assistant fined

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A former assistant of Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je from his surgeon days received a deferred prosecution and a fine Tuesday for misreporting spending.
Liu Ju-yi bought chairs for the traumatology department at National Taiwan University Hospital and used different receipts to obtain NT$6,198 (US$198) in compensation from the hospital, reports said. At the time, she was serving there as a research assistant to Ko, who was head of the department.
After she was accused of forgery, the Taipei District Prosecutors Office investigated the case and she reportedly admitted her guilt. The prosecutors announced they were giving her a deferred prosecution, but she also had to pay NT$20,000 (US$639) to the treasury. The case went to a higher authority but was confirmed Tuesday.
Whether Ko himself was involved or not is still under investigation, and the mayor has not been summoned for questioning yet, reports said Tuesday.
The case came to light after prosecutors investigated a researcher’s spending in November 2011. They found he misrepresented the cost of his purchases at a company. By coincidence, they uncovered similar practices involving the same company and more than a thousand professors and academics.
Liu informed investigators that she had told Ko their office needed a new table and chairs, but she had not given him any details. After she bought the furniture, she found discrepancies on the receipt, but the company told her other departments at NTU Hospital also took part in the same practice, Liu said.
Discussions at the highest levels of the judiciary decided last year that the academics who took part in the scheme, including Liu, did not count as civil servants and would therefore not be prosecuted for corruption, but only for lesser charges like forgery.


Updated : 2021-09-19 11:26 GMT+08:00