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Tourism chief accused of taking massive bribes

The China Post news staff--The tourism department chief of the Hualien County Government was allegedly caught in a scandal of taking bribes of over NT$1 million from contractors during the past two years, forcing the Taipei District Prosecutors' Office and the Taipei branch of the Investigation Bureau to take prosecution actions.

Prosecutor Teng Yuan and investigators raided the residence and office of Chen You-jen, director of the Hualien tourism department, and offices of more than 10 contractors in the eastern county of Hualien, in a bid to investigate Chen's alleged scandal.

The Taipei District Prosecutors' Office was tipped-off some six months ago that Chen had allegedly collaborated with a professor at a college of technology in southern Taiwan to take bribes from contractors in exchange for chances to undertake small-sized projects such as website construction and office furniture supply, among others.

Over the past two years, it is alleged that Chen has taken over NT$1 million from those contractors via the professor. In addition, Chen allegedly also asked the contractors to offer smartphones and other 3C (computer, communications and consumer) products to her relatives and friends.

Although Chen denied the alleged illegal practice of taking bribes, investigation agents believe they can show concrete evidence against her and will send her and the professor over to the Taipei District Prosecutors' office for further prosecution.

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