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Wu apologizes over corruption scandal

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taoyuan County Magistrate John Wu (吳志揚) yesterday issued an apology for the recent bribery and corruption case in which his senior county officials are embroiled. He also transferred five senior officials to different positions.

Wu's apology came three days after former Taoyuan Deputy Magistrate Yeh Shih-wen (葉世文) was named a suspect by the Taipei District Prosecutors Office for allegedly accepting bribes from Farglory Group Chairman Chao Teng-hsiung (趙藤雄).

Upon accepting the bribes, Yeh supposedly assisted the Farglory Group in securing a government housing project development contract.

Wu stated that he had issued an order for the county government to probe all leads concerning Yeh; there were 143 cases in all. “The Taoyuan County government will be asking prosecutors to conduct more probes soon,” said Wu.

In an open conference Wu held with his senior officials yesterday, the magistrate repeatedly emphasized the pain and disappointment he felt over Yeh's actions; he had immediately decided to relieve his deputy of his position upon receiving news of his corruption case last Friday.

“I am not able to shy away from any mistakes and flaws in my county government team; I apologize sincerely to the citizens in Taoyuan and Taiwan ... Yeh has betrayed our trust and done something unforgivable,” said Wu.

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Taoyuan County Magistrate John Wu (吳志揚) speaks to his senior officials and the media in a conference yesterday. Wu apologized to the public for Deputy Magistrate Yeh Shih-wen's ...

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