Kuomintang lawmaker Lu's assistant questioned amid kickbacks allegation
By Joseph Yeh,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A senior aide to a ruling Kuomintang (KMT) legislator was questioned yesterday by prosecutors over a kickback scheme that reportedly also involved several other Hsinchu County councilors.
January 18, 2013, 12:23 am TWN
Hsu Ju-sung (徐如松), head of KMT lawmaker Lu Hsueh-chang's (呂學樟) legislative office, was questioned by prosecutors yesterday, and Lu's office at the Legislative Yuan was searched.
With a warrant and accompanied by legislative staff, New Taipei City prosecutors entered Lu's office at the Legislature in Taipei at around 9 a.m.
Investigators finished their search at around noon, leaving with stacks of evidence.
The raid is reportedly part of a large-scale investigation into a kickback scheme allegedly involving at least five other Hsinchu County councilors.
Prosecutors also searched the offices of these five councilors yesterday morning as well as the Hsinchu County Government building and the county council.
According to reports, these lawmakers are facing charges for receiving kickbacks to help local book and computer equipment vendors win bids for elementary and high school contracts.
Three vendors and some school principals allegedly involved in the scheme were also questioned by prosecutors.
Asked to comment, Lu yesterday said he was not aware of the raid until he was informed by his assistant in the morning.
The warrant gave prosecutors the right to search his office and other related units regarding the Hsinchu Country Government's subsidies for equipment purchases by local schools.
The KMT lawmaker said Hsu was responsible for serving as a contact between the county government and Hsinchu schools regarding the program.
But Lu said he stands by Hsu's integrity, saying that the senior aide has been working under him for over a decade and has performed well throughout this time.
Lu, 60, has served three terms as legislator since 2001. He is currently the convener of the Legislature's Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee.