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He reports to tax agency, leaves with chest pains

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

TV entertainer He Yi-hang (賀一航) on Monday reported to the Shihlin Administrative Enforcement Agency to discuss his unpaid taxes, but ended up at Shuang Ho Hospital instead after experiencing chest pains.

“We won’t comment on whether he was really ill or was faking it, but we will do whatever we need to do,” a prosecutor from the enforcement agency said on condition of anonymity.

The prosecutor said that He arrived at the agency building a little past 9am, but said: “My heart is not feeling all right,” during the interview.

Prosecutors interrupted the interview and senT He to hospital.

He requested to go to the hospital by himself, which was granted by prosecutors. He then took a cab and reported to Shuang Ho Hospital in Jhonghe City, Taipei County, approximately 20km from the agency.

He was released from hospital after a 30-minute inspection. Doctors said they did not find anything wrong with him.

The 54-year-old entertainer suffered a heart attack in February, after which a stent was placed in his chest.

The agency said prosecutors would summon He again later this week and discuss his plan to pay his unpaid taxes, which are owed for a 10-year period and amount to NT$8.12 million (US$258,000).

He could be jailed for up to three months if he fails to pay his taxes.

He was also arrested at his home on Aug. 4 for alleged drug possession and possible distribution of narcotics. He was released on NT$60,000 bail the following day after admitting to using drugs and providing narcotics to prostitutes.

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