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Airport center staff accused of scheduling fraud

BY FLORA WANG  /  STAFF REPORTER

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lo Shu-lei (羅淑蕾) yesterday accused staff at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport’s Terminal Control Center of forging shift schedules.

Lo alleged that former employees were still included on rotation schedules after leaving their posts.

“Employees who resigned in May were still included in the schedule for June. [I wonder] how many more of these [forged schedules] there are,” Lo said, adding that she had confirmed her findings with former employees.

Lo said this was done to embezzle money and that “someone” was trying to cover up the matter.

Lo did not present evidence to back her claim, but said she was still probing the matter and may produce the evidence today.

In response, Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) Deputy Director-General Lin Shinn-der (林信得) said yesterday that the administration’s employees could not forge records because a palm recognition system is used to record working hours, while contractors are required to sign in when they show up for work.

“We found that some contract workers had already left the job, but the contract firm still used the roster of former workers and asked current employees to sign in on their behalf,” Lin said, adding that the CAA had already looked into the matter.

This is the second time in a week that the center has been the subject of controversy.

On Tuesday, Lo said some control center personnel had been caught drinking on the job.

On Wednesday, out-going Taoyuan Aviation Office director Shiau Deng-ke (蕭登科) was given a demerit while CAA Director-General Lee Long-wen (李龍文) stepped down for “health reasons.”

Additional reporting by Shelley Shan

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