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10 police officers detained in alleged insurance swindle

By Rich Chang  /  Staff reporter

The Agency Against Corruption and Taipei prosecutors yesterday arrested 10 police officers from different units on suspicion of fabricating documents for car accidents to claim benefits from insurance companies.

Prosecutors searched 33 locations nationwide, including police stations and four insurance companies’ offices, and arrested 10 police officers from Taipei, New Taipei City (新北市), Taoyuan County and Greater Kaohsiung.

Prosecutors said the four insurance companies were Taian Insurance Co, First-Aviva Insurance Co, Shinkong Insurance Co and Fubon Insurance Co.

Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office spokesman Huang Mo-hsin (黃謀信) said a total of 20 people had undergone or were undergoing questioning, which was ongoing at the time of going to press.

Huang said that prosecutors suspected that in March, New Taipei City police officer Kao Tse-fang (高則芳) conspired with Taian Insurance broker Lai Wen-chang (賴文章) to fabricate three car accident reports and that Lai used the fraudulent paperwork to claim a total of NT$5.9 million (US$201,000) in benefits from his company.

Huang said the suspects fabricated police car accident records, used fake pictures of car accidents, used people to act as fronts and pretend they were car accident victims and used fake medical records.

Huang said Kao, Lai, Wang Kuo-jui (王國瑞) and three other suspects in the case have been detained since March.

The spokesman said prosecutors also concluded that Wang was the person responsible for finding 10 police officers nationwide to fabricate car accident records for the insurance claims.

Huang said more than 30 car accident reports were produced, with more than NT$100 million in claims from the four insurance companies.

Huang said the police officers would be charged with corruption.

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