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Taiwan Quick Take: DPP accuses Ma of dog graft

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

A group of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators yesterday accused Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) of embezzling funds allocated to public affairs for a dog that Ma's mother is raising. The allegation that Ma funneled his special allowance fund, which the city government distributes to the mayor, is being investigated by prosecutors with the Black Gold Investigation Bureau. "A city government employee told us that Ma used NT$79,700 [US$2,423] to examine the dog's physical condition and for other expenses related to a stray dog that he decided to raise in August 1999," DPP Legislator Hsieh Hsin-ni (謝欣霓) said. Ma has already denied the embezzlement accusations, saying that most of his special allowance was used for public welfare services.

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