Changhua District prosecutors yesterday listed Ting Hsin International Group chairman Wei Ying-chun (魏應充) as a defendant in an investigation into whether his company had contravened the Business Accounting Act (商業會計法) and Tax Collection Act (稅捐稽徵法).
Changhua District Prosecutors’ Office spokesman Huang Chih-yung (黃智勇) said prosecutors suspected Ting Hsin evaded more than NT$248 million (US$8.22 million) in taxes over a seven-year period.
The investigation follows a probe into the company’s activities after Ting Hsin recalled 21 products sold under the Wei Chuan (味全) brand in November last year after edible oil from one of its suppliers, Chang Chi Foodstuff Factory Co, was found to contain illicit substances, including copper chlorophyllin.
Wei has already been indicted on charges of fraud, mislabeling and violating the Act Governing Food Sanitation (食品衛生管理法) in connection with the probe into the adulterated oil.
Wei has said he did not know that Chang Chi’s oil contained copper chlorophyllin.
The Changhua District Court last month sentenced Chang Chi Foodstuff Factory Co chairman Kao Cheng-li (高振利) to 16 years in prison after convicting him of fraud and violating the Act Governing Food Sanitation.