Taipei, April 27 (CNA) Wei Ying-chung (???), former chairman of Ting Hsin Oil and Fat Industrial Co. and Wei Chuan Foods Corp., was sentenced to 15 years in jail Friday after being convicted of fraud and document forgery in a tainted cooking oil scandal brought to light in 2015.
The Taichung branch of the Taiwan High Court issued its verdict in line with the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation, overturning a ruling by the Changhua District Court in November 2015 that acquitted all six defendants, including Wei, in a case in which they were accused of selling cooking oil containing problematic oil that was only supposed to be used for animal feed that was imported from Dai Hanh Phuc Co., a Vietnam-based trading company.
Of the other five, two were Ting Hsin executives who were sentenced to 11 years and 6 months and 8 years and 6 months, respectively. Two other company executives were acquitted, while the remaining defendant, a Taiwanese national based in Vietnam who supplied the company, received 8 years and 6 months.
Wei, who is currently serving a two-year prison term over another cooking oil scandal, said through a spokesman for Ting Hsin that he did not accept the ruling and will appeal.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel