A Taiwanese diplomat who pleaded guilty in the US to foreign labor abuse will be summoned for questioning after she returns to Taiwan this week, the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office said.
However, Jacqueline Liu (劉姍姍), the former director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Kansas City, Missouri, will not be detained for questioning upon arriving at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, prosecutors said, because she was not “caught in the act” of committing a crime.
Liu was arrested in November last year by US federal agents for overworking and underpaying two Filipino housekeepers. A US judge agreed on Jan. 27 to the terms of a plea agreement under which Liu was to be sentenced to time served and ordered to pay US$80,044 in restitution to the two housekeepers before being deported.
Prosecutors said they would investigate whether Liu was involved in embezzling funds or other irregularities, in addition to the labor charges. They face a challenge in trying to bring a case against Liu because Taiwanese can only be prosecuted at home for serious offenses committed overseas, such as those that carry jail terms of more than three years. If Liu’s case does not involve a felony, corruption or embezzlement, she may not be prosecuted.