Over 30 principals found guilty in bribery scandal
May 17, 2014, 12:11 am TWN
TAIPEI--Over 30 former public elementary school principals in New Taipei City were found guilty of taking bribes from school lunch suppliers Friday.
According to the New Taipei District Court's statement on the ruling, 32 of the 36 former principals involved in the bribery case were found guilty.
Some of the defendants had been removed from their post following the indictment, while others have retired.
Among the 32 principals who were found guilty, eight received suspended sentences and will face a fine because they confessed to the bribery charge and returned the bribe money.
One was found guilty of leaking secrets — allegedly revealing information to a school lunch supplier to help it win the contract.
Eleven other defendants admitted taking the money and returned their gains, but denied the connection between the money and the catering companies winning the contracts.
They were sentenced to between 20 months and six years in prison. Another 12 defendants denied the charges and were given prison terms of between seven years and four months to 10 years and six months.