Taipei city councilor indicted on corruption charges

Taipei-Taipei City Councilor Tung Chung-yen (???) was indicted Tuesday for allegedly embezzling public funds by employing assistants in name only.

Tung, a former member of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), was charged with embezzlement of NT$120,000 (US$3,959) from the Taipei City Council in 2011.

The money was allocated by the city government to subsidize the employment of city councilor assistants, the Taipei District Prosecutors Office said.

According to the office, in October 201l, Tung claimed to have hired an assistant at a monthly salary of NT$30,000 but in fact was just using the man's name to obtain the local government subsidy.

In a similar case, former City Councilor Chin Li-fang (???) was also indicted Tuesday for allegedly embezzling some NT$2.28 million in the period 2009 to 2014, using her sister-in-law and sister's names as the front to obtain the subsidy for assistant salaries, according to the prosecutors office.

However, the prosecutors office said it would seek a commuted sentence in Chin's case because she had confessed to the crime and returned the money.

Meanwhile, Tung's lawyer Lin Yu-hsiung (???) said his client was innocent, as would be proven in court.

Tung, 44, was expelled from the DPP in February this year after he became involved in a domestic violence scandal.

The incident came to light this January when Tung's then wife, Lee Hsiu-huan (???), told Next magazine that he had beaten her at least 50 times over the past six years and she produced photos of her alleged injuries, which she said proved her accusations.

She said that after one of the beatings, she was unconscious for three days and had to remain in hospital for 20 days.

In another incident, Lee said, she sustained three broken ribs and was hospitalized for five days.

When the story broke, Tung denied the allegations but later said they were true and he offered to withdraw from the DPP. The couple separated on March 28.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel