Sat, Apr 22, 2006 - Page 1 News List

TRA official detained in NT$1bn tender scandal

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

A Taiwan Railway Administration official was detained yesterday on suspicion of corruption involving the payment of more than NT$1 billion (US$3 million) in illegal construction fees.

"Yu Chang-shou (俞長壽), a Taiwan Railway Administration official, is suspected of illegally assisting several construction companies in winning a number of public construction tenders. Prosecutors have identified eight separate tender processes, worth more than NT$1 billion, which were manipulated by Yu. Another 40 bids are currently under investigation," Changhwa District Prosecutors' Office spokeswoman Chang Hwei-chiung (張慧瓊) said yesterday.

Chang said a contractor by the name of Hsu Chung-jung (徐重榮) was suspected of influencing Yu by lavishing him with prostitutes and offering him bribes.

"Yu then leaked the floor prices of a number of public construction bids, helping Hsu and other contractors win more than 50 bids in three years," Chang said.

Chang said Yu and Hsu had protested their innocence.

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