Taichung City Council official held for alleged kickback taking
By Ted Chen, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Chen Jian-kai (陳健楷), secretary-general of the Taichung City Council, was taken into custody, along with 51 other suspects including his wife, on charges of corruption yesterday.
October 2, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
According to reports, Chen remains detained and is being held incommunicado. Chen's wife, Wu Chong-hua (吳瓊華), was released yesterday on bail of NT$200,000.
Chen is accused of leveraging his post to extract an estimated NT$96 million in kickbacks from construction project bidders.
Yesterday's arrest and detainment was the result of over six-months of wiretap surveillance.
Previously, the Taichung City Government spent NT$2.6 billion to build a new office building, only to see a heavy flow of leaking water during heavy downpours caused by a typhoon in July. This gave rise to suspicions of unscrupulous project activities.
According to prosecutors, Chen had been seeking kickbacks from various companies in a number of Taichung City Government construction projects, including a land expropriation project in Taiping District (太平區), and several renovation and construction bids.
Meanwhile, prosecutors also found irregular accounting in the finances of Chen's wife, who is a Wurih District (烏日) council member, stating that she had processed a number of falsified expenses using Chen's name.