Thu, Sep 30, 2004 - Page 2 News List

DPP legislator's mother gets 30 months in prison

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taipei District Court yesterday sentenced Kao Li-chuan (高儷娟), the mother of Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Wang Hsueh-fung (王雪峰), to two years and six months in prison for fraud.

Kao is the former wife of Taipei City Councilor Wang Kun-ho. In addition to her husband and her daughter, Kao's son, Wang Po-yu (王博昱) is also a former Taipei City councilor.

According to the verdict, Kao was convicted after it was established she approached a former Taipei City Government employee identified only as Lin and propositioned him. Kao told Lin she had powerful connections through her husband, who knew many judges and prosecutors. Kao said she could help Lin not be implicated in case of corruption which took place in 1995. Lin eventually paid her NT$1.1 million to "use her connections," but Kao instead hired defense counsel and did not attempt to bribe the judge.

Lin was still found guilty of corruption by the Supreme Court and realized that Kao had lied to him, so he decided to file a suit against Kao.

Kao is allowed to file an appeal regarding this case within ten days after she receives the official verdict from the Taipei District Court, which usually takes 10 to 15 days.

"Kao lied to Lin and accepted his bribe money, but she did not bribe anybody as promised. That is why she was only sentenced to 30 months in jail," said Huang Jiunn-ming (黃俊明), spokesman for the Taipei District Court.

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