Alleged fraudster deported
A Taiwanese man wanted on charges of defrauding local listed tech companies of more than NT$300 million (US$10.2 million), who fled to China, was deported on Thursday. Ku Huan-tang used his position as assistant to a firm’s general manager to collude in 2002 with another manager, Liu Chun-yi, in writing bad checks to purchase circuit boards. Investigators declined to identify the companies targeted. Ku and Liu escaped to China in May 2003 before their checks bounced, resulting in huge losses for the companies involved. Investigators brought charges against the two in 2005, seeking four-and-a-half-year and six-and-a-half-year sentences for Liu and Ku respectively. Investigators were tipped off about their whereabouts in March last year and worked with police in Hunan Province to catch them. Liu was deported in September that year.
Minister to visit Hong Kong
Minister of Culture Lung Ying-tai (龍應台) said on Thursday she will visit Hong Kong on Nov. 28 to deepen bilateral cultural exchanges. During the visit, Lung will visit major cultural institutions and call for greater Taiwan-Hong Kong cooperation in culture and the arts. Among those she plans to visit is Michael Lynch, chief executive officer of the Board of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. The district is the flagship project in Hong Kong’s goal of becoming a new Asian cultural center, and the construction of several performing arts centers and museums is scheduled for completion around 2015, Lung said. By that time, Lung said, some of Taiwan’s new cultural establishments, such as the Taipei Performing Arts Center, Taichung Metropolitan Opera House and Weiwuying Center for the Performing Arts, should also be completed.