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Son of wealthy exec indicted for installing GPS in wife's car

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Lin Chih-yen, son of Hua Nan Financial Holdings' vice president, has been indicted for installing a GPS system in his wife's car without her consent, the Taipei District Prosecutors Office (TDPO) announced yesterday.

Lin and his wife, the daughter of Shin Kong Financial Holding Chairman Wu Hsin-ying, have been married for roughly three years. According to local reports, the couple's marriage began to fall apart after Wu allegedly traveled to Cambodia with a male friend.

Prosecutors said that Lin spent NT$180,000 per week to have private investigators follow his wife, and that the private investigators installed a GPS system in her car.

According to the TDPO, attorney Liu Tsung-hsin was also involved in the case; therefore, he was also charged with offenses against privacy. The two private investigators were indicted for their involvement in the case as well.

In his statement, Lin said that he found the work schedule of Wu's chauffeur to be irregular, and he suspected the driver of having a drug habit. In order to ensure safety, he decided to install a GPS system in the car.

Although Lin denied hiring private investigators to follow his wife, prosecutors were not convinced by his statements.

According to the TDPO, this is not the only lawsuit between Wu and Lin. Wu was also sued for allegedly attempting to view certain surveillance tapes without her husband's consent. Lin and Wu currently have a divorce case pending.

According to prosecutors, Liu suggested that Lin hire private investigators to follow Wu. The private investigators later suggested installing a GPS system in Wu's car.

Prosecutors said that Lin agreed to carry out the plan and the private investigators installed the GPS device behind the bumper.

According to prosecutors, the private investigators compiled files on Wu's whereabouts based on data collected from the GPS device and they handed the files over to Lin.

Prosecutors said that Wu started to notice that she was being followed and a security expert suspected her vehicle of having a GPS device. They eventually found the GPS device behind the car's bumper after inspecting the vehicle.

Based on local reports, Lin and Wu started dating in 2000 and got married in 2011. A large number of politicians and corporate executives attended their wedding.

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