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Executives punished for alleged roles in first-family scandal

LINK TO WU SHU-JEN Victor Ma, Tu Li-ping and Roger Lee are to be barred from taking any executive positions or stripped of their posts, the FSC said

By Joyce Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

In accordance with the prosecutor’s indictment of former first lady Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍) on money-laundering charges, the Financial Supervisory Commission yesterday imposed official administrative punishments on financial executives Victor Ma (馬維建), Tu Li-ping (杜麗萍) and Roger Lee (李明賢) for their alleged roles in the scandal.

The commission’s Futures and Securities Bureau ordered Yuanta Securities Co (元大證券), the securities arm of Yuanta Financial Holding Co (元大金控), to immediately relieve former board directors Ma and Tu of their duties for violating Article 56 of the Securities and Exchange Act (證券交易法).

Although Ma and Tu had already quit their posts at Yuanta Securities, the administrative punishment will bar both from taking executive roles in any securities-related businesses for the next three years, the bureau’s chief secretary Wu Quei-mao (吳桂茂) told a media briefing yesterday.

The bureau said both Ma and Tu were indicted for helping the former first lady stash away NT$740 million (US$23.56 million) between June 2006 and September 2007.

The commission’s Banking Bureau yesterday also ordered Cathay Financial Holding Co (國泰金控) to immediately dismiss Lee from the company’s board and remove him as vice chairman of its banking subsidiary, Cathay United Bank (國泰世華銀行).

Lee was found guilty of putting documents in Wu’s safety deposit box at the bank under his own custody without having obtained authorization from its board in May 2007 — signs that Lee abused his power and the bank’s internal control principle, said Lin Tung-liang (林棟樑), deputy director of the Banking Bureau.

Lee will be barred from any executive role at a bank for the next five years, but he may be able to continue serving as vice chairman at Cathay’s Vietnamese subsidiary, which is under Vietnamese jurisdiction, Lin said.

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