Two high-ranking Coast Guard Administration (CGA) officers were detained after 12 suspects were taken in for questioning yesterday as part of a corruption probe over an estimated NT$17 million (US$504,301) in reward money was allegedly stolen.
The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office worked in conjunction with the Agency Against Corruption and Ministry of Justice in operations in Taipei, Yilan County and other locations on Tuesday as it completed the investigation.
Prosecutors said they have solid evidence of alleged corruption activities by two coast guard squad captains, Shen Ta-hsiang (沈大祥) and Chiang Cheng-hung (江承宏), while the Taipei District Court granted a request for the two suspects to be detained incommunicado.
Shen, former squad captain for the coast guard investigation unit of Yilan County, and Chiang, squad captain for the coast guard investigation unit of Keelung, were charged by prosecutors over alleged fraud involving reward money, forgery and other breaches of the Anti-Corruption Act (貪污治罪條例).
Prosecutors said Shen and Chiang were the masterminds behind a scheme to make up false reports about smuggling of alcohol and cigarettes, with the pair allegedly taking reward money for made-up cases in 2010 and 2013.
The pair duplicated reports of actual smuggling ships being caught, making separate claims for rewards to CGA offices in Yilan County and Keelung using altered vessel registration numbers, prosecutors said.
Shen and Chiang abused their positions as civil servants and engaged in corruption to defraud the government, a prosecutors’ statement said, adding that both suspects are to be held in detention due to possible collusion and flight risk.
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