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Committee fines 68 public servants for false declarations

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Control Yuan said yesterday that 68 public servants had been fined up to NT$100,000 (US$2,980) each for making false property declarations.

Former chairman of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Lien Chan (連戰) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Spokesman Cheng Wen-tsang (鄭文燦) were among the 68 disciplined. Control Yuan staff concluded their violations were intentional.

The integrity committee of the Control Yuan referred the results of its investigation to the Control Yuan yesterday.

The committee said that 42 of the 68 public servants — 61.8 percent — were disciplined for not including debts in their declarations, adding that the matter required further investigation.

The Control Yuan said a house had not been included on Lien’s property declaration, while Cheng was found to have omitted his investments in a business.

Chen Che-nan (陳哲男), who was the Presidential Office deputy secretary-general under the former DPP government, failed to declare his stocks, and former vice chairman of the Financial Supervisory Commission Lin Chung-cheng (林忠正) did not include foreign exchanges, deposits or securities.

Former Veterans Affairs Commission minister Hu Chen-pu (胡鎮埔) and DPP Legislator Chang Hwa-kuan (張花冠) were also fined.

The punishment was based on Article 11 of the Public Functionary Assets Disclosure Act (公職人員財產申報法), which calls for government agencies to examine public servants’ asset declarations on a case-by-case basis or specific pro rata basis for accuracy or unusual fluctuations.

The act stipulates that public servants be fined between NT$20,000 and NT$100,000 for intentionally concealing assets or producing false reports, while the fine increases to between NT$40,000 and NT$200,000 if they fail to pay the fine by the deadline.

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