Mon, Aug 14, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Ligi Lee to be queried over alleged fake reimbursements

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

A key figure in the embezzlement allegations surrounding the first family, Ligi Lee (李慧芬), arrived in the country last night from Australia and will be interviewed today by prosecutors as a witness.

Lee, a Taiwanese fashion designer based in Australia, had told local media such as the Chinese-language United Daily News that she would return to Taiwan with documents proving she had offered some receipts to her cousin Lee Bi-chun (李碧君) and first lady Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍).

The documents would include a number of copies of receipts issued by the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Taipei and Sogo Department Store, Ligi Lee said.

Wu has been accused of pocketing cash from a slush fund through reimbursements from fake expenditures, using receipts provided by Lee Bi-chun.

Ligi Lee told the United Daily News that prosecutors had told her that upon her arrival in Taiwan, agents from the Ministry of Justice's Investigation Bureau (MJIB) would take her from CKS International Airport to the Taiwan High Court Prosecutors' Office or an office in the MJIB.

The interview would begin after she takes a short rest, Ligi Lee said.

Prosecutor Eric Chen (陳瑞仁) at the Black Gold Investigation Center of the Taiwan High Court Prosecutors' Office, yesterday told the Taipei Times he would question Ligi Lee today.

Taiwan High Court Prosecutors' Office spokesman Chang Wen-cheng (張文政) last week told a press conference that prosecutors would arrange a meeting between both Lees in an investigation court if their statements were contradictory.

Lee Bi-chun, who was subpoenaed last week, has been banned from leaving the country.

The Ministry of Audit had said it found that some copies of receipts submitted to the ministry by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Chiu Yi (邱毅) had been used to reimburse expenditures from the fund, and the ministry had sent these documents to prosecutors.

Ligi Lee told local media outlets she would hold a press conference this week to declare that she had offered receipts worth more than NT$7 million (US$213,000) to be reimbursed from the fund.

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