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Lawmaker indicted on bribery charges

Lawmaker indicted on bribery charges

The Taichung Public Prosecutors Office in central Taiwan indicted Justin Huang, a legislator of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), Friday on charges of taking bribes between 2004 and 2005 during his previous legislative term.
Prosecutors said they were seeking a 10-year sentence for Huang, who was indicted for accepting over NT$2 million (US$63,640) in bribes from two pharmaceutical companies to lobby on their behalf.
According to the prosecutors, one of the pharmaceutical companies paid Huang NT$500,000, via his volunteer aide Chang Jui-po, after Huang helped to have the company's products included on the regular procurement list of the Cabinet-level Veterans Affairs Commission.
Huang also received another NT$500,000 through his aide from a second pharmaceutical company for helping it to obtain approval from the Bureau of National Health Insurance (BNHI) to change the brand-name of one of the company's products. The BNHI also agreed to pay the price the company sought for filled prescriptions of the medicine.
The KMT lawmaker later used dummy employee accounts to accept more NT$1 million in "salaries" paid by the two companies.
Huang said he could not understand why the prosecutors chose to indict him two years after the start of the investigation, adding that he would fight the case to prove his innocence.


Updated : 2021-04-20 03:47 GMT+08:00