The Hsinchu District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday said it has launched an investigation into the awarding of two military village development projects and a Hsinchu City Government urban renewal project to Farglory Land Development Co.
Farglory Group chairman Chao Teng-hsiung (趙藤雄) was detained on Monday last week over allegations that he bribed former Taoyuan County deputy commissioner Yeh Shih-wen (葉世文) to secure a NT$1.3 billion (US$43.3 million) contract to build the country’s largest affordable housing project in Bade City (八德).
When the news broke, the Ministry of National Defense said that the Ministry of Interior’s Construction and Planning Agency had released tendering on 52 military village projects for reconstruction and development, five of which were won by Farglory.
According to the Hsinchu District Prosecutors’ Office, Farglory secured two military village development tenders in the county two years ago. Yeh was the agency’s director-general at the time. A city government urban renewal project near Hsinchu Rail Station was also won by Farglory, it said.
Prosecutors have seized documents relating to the three cases, the office said.
Media reported yesterday that Hsinchu Mayor Hsu Ming-tsai (許明財) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), who is visiting the US, has decided to cut short his trip to clarify the awarding of the city council’s project. Hsu is seeking re-election in November.