The Ministry of Audit was left with egg on its face on Tuesday after prosecutors questioned Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) over the administration of his special expense fund, despite the ministry having previously assured the public that there were no irregularities.
Before prosecutors questioned Ma on the matter on Tuesday, Ministry of Audit Spokesman Wang Yung-hsing (
Wang was forced to make an about face yesterday and said that the ministry would re-investigate the case if inspectors found that invalid receipts had been submitted for reimbursement.
Wang said the ministry had sent its inspectors to investigate after a member of the Taipei City Government's staff admitted on Tuesday that he had substituted his own receipts for larger amounts for several receipts for smaller amounts to reduce his paperwork.
"We were very surprised [by the staffer's remarks]. During our previous inspection, we reviewed the receipts that [the city government] provided to us. There was no reason for us to doubt the authenticity of the receipts [at the time]," Wang said.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators have accused the ministry of adopting double standards in its investigations into President Chen Shui-bian's (
DPP Legislator Lin Kuo-ching (