The Financial Supervisory Commission confirmed over the weekend that it had questioned Walter Lin (
Lin is the husband of Procomp's former chairwoman Sophie Yeh (
"We questioned Lin from
9:30am to 5:30pm last Friday ... to hear his explanation of Waterland's purchase of a great deal of Procomp's stocks right before the scandal broke," the Chinese-language Liberty Times quoted Lee Chin-Chen (李進誠), director general of the commission's Examination Bureau, as saying yesterday.
The bureau has no plans for more questioning for the time being, Lee said in the report.
Waterland's securities arm was found to have spent around NT$45.7 million on 1.3 million shares of Procomp and a number of corporate bonds in April last year, which caused NT$25 million in losses for Waterland, the nation's smallest financial service provider.
The timing of Waterland's equities purchasing was suspicious, as Yeh was accused of embezzling over NT$7 billion from Procomp in June last year, after the chipmaker defaulted on a NT$3 billion bond while still having NT$6 billion in liquid assets on its books.
In addition to the NT$3 billion in bonds on which the company defaulted, Procomp also reported an additional NT$5.9 billion in unpaid bank loans at the time.
In October last year, the Shilin Prosecutors' Office recommended a 20-year prison sentence and a NT$500 million fine for Yeh.
With Lin involved in a management dispute at Waterland, the financial regulator's move could make it more difficult for him to safeguard his position in the face of rebel shareholders.
Two groups of major shareholders, led by Taiwan Financial Asset Services Corp (
Last Thursday, one day before being questioned, Lin called on Minister of Finance Lin Chuan (
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