Brother testifies against former NFA chief Huang Chi-min
By Ann Yu, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The older brother of Huang Chi-min (黃季敏), former head of the National Fire Agency (NFA), testified in court yesterday about Huang's several alleged corruption schemes in addition to the current graft charges he is facing.
January 23, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Huang Wen-chou (黃文宙), the older brother of Huang who is also being charged for participating in the same scheme, admitted that the younger Huang would often hand over NT$2-3 million in cash and ask him to transfer it to a bank account in Singapore. He also had a checkbook that he kept away from his wife, the older Huang said.
Prosecutors charged the former director-general of the NFA with corruption last December, seeking a life sentence for the alleged graft because prosecutors felt he showed no signs of remorse.
Along with the younger Huang, his brother, six colleagues at the NFA, and executives at six enterprises supplying fire-prevention equipment were all indicted last year.
According to local reports, during the four-hour-long interrogation session of younger Huang last year, he refused to confess his crime, saying, “As a fireman, my duties are to serve people and crisis relief.” The reports also said that he insisted on his innocence, claiming that the exposure has severely damaged his image as an honorable fireman.
Older Huang confessed that in a telecom network project bid rigging scam, younger Huang gained NT$18 million kickback money, which he kept from his wife.
The brother also said that Huang divided the cash into NT$2-3 million for him to help put away each day. “I have helped transfer about NT$1 million to the wife's account before,” the brother added.
As for the agency's accounting records that investigators found, the older Huang confessed that they were all correct because he was in charge of all the transaction records.
According to the indictment, the former NFA head had collected bribes totaling NT$19.24 million by manipulating government procurement regulations.
Investigators said that younger Huang was suspected of benefiting suppliers and firms that were awarded with contracts to build the NFA's disaster-prevention systems and helicopter dispatching systems, among other equipment.