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Taiwan Quick Take: Chiu makes new allegation

STAFF WRITER WITH CNA

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Chiu Yi (邱毅) yesterday made another allegation against President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) in connection with a state fund, saying that members of the first family used the money to cover their daily expenses. The allegation that first lady Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍) had used fake receipts to mask embezzlement from the Presidential Office's special allowance expenditures has been under investigation by prosecutors with the Taiwan High Court Prosecutors' Office. "About NT$ 1.77 million [US$54,078] was used to pay for children's books, children's garments from well-known brands, dog food and even Chen's daughter Chen Hsing-yu's (陳幸妤) spa expenses," Chiu said. He made the accusation without providing any evidence. He said that his information came from Presidential Office staff. However, the Presidential Office issued a statement rebutting Chiu's accusation. It said that the president would file a lawsuit against Chiu.

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