Internet Gazette Law Paper (法治時報社) publisher and legal expert Huang Yueh-hung (黃越宏) yesterday requested that the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office file money laundering charges against Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Chen Ming-wen (陳明文) and his son, Chen Cheng-ting (陳政廷).
Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp on Tuesday reportedly returned to Chen Ming-wen an unlocked briefcase found on one of its trains that contained NT$3 million (US$95,648) in cash.
Asked for comment, Chen Cheng-ting said that the funds were given to him by his father to start a business.
Photo: Tsai Tsung-hsun, Taipei Times
He said that he wanted to take over his mother’s tea company, Wu Cha, and planned to use the money to open a bubble tea shop in the Philippines.
His father was bringing the money to him when he accidentally left it on the train, he said.
Chen Cheng-ting’s explanation seems to contradict common sense, Huang said.
A 2017 amendment to the Money Laundering Control Act (洗錢防制法) stipulates that it is illegal to own assets for which there are no clear transaction records, he said.
Article 15 of the act stipulates a jail term of up to five years and a fine of up to NT$5 million “if anyone accepts, possesses or uses property or the benefits of property without a reasonable account of the origin of such assets, and if his or her income is obviously disproportionate to the size of such assets.”
Deputy Minister of Justice Tsai Pi-chung (蔡碧仲), who has been tasked with tackling corruption, was recommended to his post by Chen Ming-wen and also acted as his defense lawyer when Chen Ming-wen was being investigated for corruption and dereliction of duty, Huang said.
The two men should be prevented from having further contact with each other, he said.
Investigators should verify whether Chen Ming-wen withdrew the money from a bank, as banks are required to report withdrawals of more than NT$500,000, Huang said.
Investigators should also confirm the origin of the money and when it was acquired to verify whether Chen Ming-wen and Chen Cheng-ting were helping others launder money, he said.
Who carried the money onto the train should also be ascertained to verify whether it was a political donation or a payment made to Chen Ming-wen by another party, he added.
Additional reporting by Hsieh Chun-lin
A Taipei veterinarian is urging pet owners to avoid using insecticides around their homes, as their ingredients can be toxic to pets. Commercial-grade insecticides contain pyrethroids — organic compounds similar to natural pyrethrins, pesticides produced by flowers such as chrysanthemums — in quantities that are harmless to humans, but potentially fatal to cats and dogs, Asian Veterinary Specialist Referral Center veterinarian Chua Man-ling (蔡曼琳) said. Even in small quantities, pyrethroids are hazardous to cats, as they lack the metabolic enzymes needed to process them, Chua said. Cockroach sprays and ant traps are especially dangerous to pets as they contain boric acid, she
People should avoid eating too many zongzi (粽子, glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves), as consuming several in one meal could cause indigestion, bloating, gastric acid reflux, heartburn and other stomach ailments, a doctor said on Saturday. Zongzi is a traditional delicacy for the Dragon Boat Festival, which was on Thursday. Citing a recent case as an example, Cathay General Hospital gastroenterology department head Chu Yu-ming (朱淯銘) said that a 58-year-old taxi driver surnamed Hsiao (蕭) ate meals at irregular hours due to his work and has been taking diabetes medicine for three years. Hsiao recently bought a bag of zongzi and ate
While stereotypically considered a household pest that simply will not die, Hung Ting-yang’s (洪鼎揚) experience with Archimandrita tesselata, commonly called the peppered roach, might change a person’s mind. The peppered roach originates in South America, is omnivorous and, as it is capable of growing to 7cm to 9cm long, is a giant compared with other roaches, which have an average length of about 4cm. The peppered roach goes through six separate chrysalis stages and takes nine months to reach full maturity. Mature roaches have wings, but cannot fly and can only glide. They have an average lifespan of three years. As his
The EU’s list of safe nations to which it would reopen borders next week does not include Taiwan, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said the list has not been finalized and some EU countries have highlighted the importance of “reciprocity.” The provisional list comprises Algeria, Andorra, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, San Marino, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and the Vatican, the New York Times reported on Friday. The EU said it would add China, considered one of the “acceptable countries,” if it also opens its borders to EU travelers, the newspaper reported. Backed by