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Two executives from flora expo contractor indicted

Staff Writer, with CNA

Two executives of a contractor that did work for the Taipei International Flora Expo were indicted by prosecutors yesterday on charges of forgery and attempted fraud in connection with the soil supplied for the project.

The two men were a manager and site superintendent at Tang Yi construction company, the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office said.

Tang Yi was contracted to build the expo’s Pavilion of Culture, the Celebrity’s House and the Expo Theater.

The contract Tang Yi signed with expo organizers stated that sand from floodplains and surplus soil from construction were to be given precedence when selecting the sand and soil for the projects for which it was responsible.

However, prosecutors said in the indictment that the company used soil from other unidentified sources.

The case dates back to July 2009, when the company claimed reimbursement of NT$13 million (US$430,000) for an additional 30,000m3 of soil purchased for one of the expo projects they were working on.

The Taipei City Government refused to make the payment and referred the case to prosecutors for investigation.

The company claimed that the soil was bought from a soil storage company called Chun Chia, but that claim contradicted data obtained from Chun Chia, prosecutors said.

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