Wang Lin-i (王令一) and Wang Lin-chiao (王令僑), sons of Rebar Asia Pacific Group founder Wang You-theng (王又曾), reported to the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday to start serving prison terms for embezzlement.
Wang Lin-tai (王令台), another of the Rebar Asia Pacific founder’s sons, was also meant to start serving his sentence yesterday, but applied for a delay because he underwent heart surgery on Monday.
Two of Wang You-theng’s other sons, Eastern Media International Corp chairman Gary Wang (王令麟) and Wang Lin-mei (王令楣), are slated to begin their terms later this week, prosecutors said.
The Supreme Court in August upheld part of the sentences handed down by the Taiwan High Court against the Wang sons in the group’s embezzlement scandal.
The High Court ruled in November 2011 that Wang You-theng, his sons and a brother had embezzled funds from the group’s companies through a large number of schemes between 1998 and 2007.
The High Court sentenced Wang’s eldest son, Gary, to five years and eight months in jail, while Gary’s brothers got prison terms of varying lengths: Wang Lin-tai was sentenced to eight years; Wang Lin-i to 12; Wang Lin-mei got eight years and a NT$25 million (US$835,000) fine; and Wang Lin-chiao was given five years and six months, as well as a NT$10 million fine.
Wang You-theng and his wife, Wang Chin She-ying (王金世英), fled the country on Dec. 30, 2006, just days before prosecutors launched an investigation into the company. They are now in the US and are still on Taiwan’s most-wanted list.