Over 140 professors still under investigation for false receipts
By Joy Lee, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Over 140 professors are still under investigation regarding the false receipt case, the Changhua District Prosecutors Office announced yesterday.
January 9, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
According to prosecutors, there are 14 professors being charged with corruption for using false receipts from scientific instrument companies to claim school funds.
Prosecutors said that they discovered thousands of receipts after searching Kuo Yang Scientific Corp., which is the company that is alleged to be involved in the false usage of school funds. Over 140 professors and research staff are under investigation for working with the company.
According to local reports, the false receipt cases have triggered heated debates between the academic community and prosecutors. Education Minister Chiang Wei-ling said that professors should not use school funds for personal reasons, but he also appealed to judicial authorities to treat professors who used the funds for research more leniently.
Changhua District Chief Prosecutor Cheng Wen-kuei (鄭文貴) said “prosecutors have to investigate each case based on evidence and laws as the basis of a fair trial.”
According to prosecutors, there are many famous scholars among those professors being investigated.
The Changhua District Prosecutors Office said the indicted professors are from many major universities, including National Taiwan University (NTU), National Tsing Hua University and National Cheng Kung University.
There is also another similar case under investigation, according to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office. Twenty-two faculty members from NTU, National Chengchi University and National Taiwan Normal University are being investigated over alleged corruption and forgery.