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DPP legislator says Ma spent fund on his living expenses

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Hsieh Hsin-ni (謝欣霓) yesterday accused Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) of spending his special expense fund on his living expenses, and using false receipts to seek reimbursement from the fund.

Hsieh's allegations follow Taipei City Government Secretariat Director Lee Sush-der's (李述德) announcement on Tuesday that staffer Yu Wen (余文) substituted his own receipts for larger amounts for receipts for smaller amounts to simplify his paperwork.

"[Lee's explanation] was a lie. We got information this morning that the receipts for smaller amounts [which were replaced by Yu's own receipts for larger amounts] were actually the receipts for Ma and his family members' miscellaneous expenses" Hsieh said.

Without elaborating on how she obtained the information, Hsieh said that an informant told her that the original receipts were issued by stores near Ma's residence.

"Ma used the fund to buy bread, soybean milk and female hygiene products. I bet Ma would feel embarrassed if the [original] receipts were disclosed to the public," she added.

DPP Legislator Lin Kuo-ching (林國慶) demanded that prosecutors question Ma's wife and his two daughters about the receipts.

"There is no doubt that using the mayoral allowance fund as a personal fund amounts to corruption. Ma should stop telling lies and face up to the facts," Lin said.

DPP Legislator William Lai (賴清德) said that Yu was just a scapegoat for Ma.

The DPP legislators also demanded that Ma disclose the identities of the Taipei City Government employees who had received gifts or rewards paid for from the fund, as the mayor told reporters on Tuesday that he had spent half of the fund on his staff.

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