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CIB officer has ties to La New Bears scandal

HOT WATER A police officer left his government-issued laptop with his mistress, who is suspected of involvement in the kidnapping of a baseball coach

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Police yesterday said it would take disciplinary action against a police officer who left his government-issued laptop with his mistress, who has been detained for her alleged involvement in the kidnapping of the coach of the La New Bears baseball team.

"Officer Fu Chen-yuan (傅振原) from the Criminal Investigation Bureau [CIB] has had an extramarital relationship with Kuang I-hsuan (況奕璇) for seven years," CIB Deputy Commissioner Kao Cheng-sheng (高政昇) told a press conference yesterday.

Kao said Fu, who had been "seriously disciplined," was also under investigation for possible links to the kidnapping of the baseball coach or a related gambling scandal.

Police last Saturday raided Kuang's residence in Kaohsiung and arrested her, seizing a CIB laptop at her home.

Kao yesterday said that Fu had left the laptop there for his mistress to use.

He added that although Kuang would be unable to access confidential data in the laptop without the proper security code, the device had been used to gamble online on professional baseball games.

Kao said that Kuang is a close friend of Tien Chen-yu (田震宇), a member of the Bamboo Union (竹聯幫), the nation's most important organized crime group.

Investigators had said they were looking for Tien and two men who allegedly kidnapped and threatened the coach of the La New Bears, Lin Kuang-hung (林光宏), telling him to throw the play-offs on Oct. 25.

The La New Bears, however, beat the President Lions 7-3 in Game 4 of the 2006 Taiwan Series, winning their first ever league title.

Police said Kuang told them that Lin had a close relationship with Tien, and that he was not a victim in the case.

Kao said investigators are still looking into Lin's role in the scandal.

Lin reported to the CIB that three men had kidnapped him at gunpoint on Oct. 20, and offered him NT$200,000 (US$6,051) to rig the game because they had collected a large amount of money from gamblers bidding on the game.

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