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Prosecutors probe THSRC employees in rail ticket scam

By Shelley Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Prosecutors said yesterday they were investigating a number of Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp (THSRC) employees for allegedly illegally profiting from fake purchases of the company’s rail tickets.

Media reports said yesterday that some employees were rumored to have scammed the system by purchasing tickets around the time Typhoon Morakot struck the country in August to get discounts, refunds and free tickets.

PUNISHMENTS

THSRC announced late last night that it had punished some employees involved in the scam.

It said that a supervisor of station agents was fired, while 24 station agents were given demerits for purchasing discounted tickets in advance so they could receive coupons for free tickets or refunds after the company changed the train schedules.

The company said the station agents took advantage of their job to make extra money. The company’s regulations state that employees who receive two demerits will lose their job.

Another 73 station agents used a Father’s Day discount program in August to get half-price tickets, THSRC said.

SECOND LIST?

The company is still looking into their responsibility and could issue a second list of punishments soon, it said.

Prosecutors said they would continue their investigation, gathering evidence and questioning individuals at the company to determine whether certain employees committed fraud.

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