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Six hospitals raided in corruption case

Six hospitals raided in corruption case

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Six hospitals in Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung were raided by prosecutors Tuesday in an investigation into kickbacks for the purchase of medical equipment.
An estimated seven department heads at the six institutions reportedly accepted 3 to 10 percent shares of payments from Rotary Trading Co., Ltd. each time the hospitals bought a range of medical equipment from the company from 2003 until October 2013, reports said.
The hospitals allegedly involved were the Taipei City Hospital Zhongxing, Renai and Heping branches, the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s Taichung Hospital, the Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital and the Kaohsiung Armed Forces General Hospital.
The Taipei District Prosecutors Office reportedly launched raids on 39 locations Tuesday morning, focusing on the hospitals themselves but also on the residences and practices of medical staff and on the company.
Prosecutors said the cases did not seem to be linked, as the medical equipment purchased was completely different. It included X-ray scanners, an X-ray vehicle, brain scanners and imaging systems, reports said.
About 30 doctors and business people were being questioned as witnesses, reports said. The amount of money involved in the kickbacks might reach more than NT$10 million (US$323,000), according to media reports.
After a first round of interrogations, Rotary Trading chairman Lin Yu-liang was transferred to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office for further questioning, reports said.

Updated : 2021-09-18 10:03 GMT+08:00