By Matthew Strong
Prosecutors were investigating Hung Chia-hung, the chief secretary of the Construction and Planning Agency at the Ministry of Interior, for alleged corruption linked to the Farglory Group, reports said Friday.
A special unit of the Taipei District Prosecutors Office had obtained 11 search warrants to raid locations in New Taipei City and Taoyuan City, including Hung’s office and home, and had summoned a total of 11 people, including the CPA secretary and Farglory tycoon Chao Teng-hsiung, for questioning, reports said.
The questions reportedly concerned Hung’s work at the CPA’s countryside development department between November 2013 and May 2014. The department was involved in the restoration of military settlements which was contracted out to the Farglory Group, and from which Hung might have received illegal payments.
The business group has been involved in legal problems for a large part of the past year. Its most high-level problem was its dispute with the Taipei City Government over the completion of the Taipei Dome, but Chao has also been accused of paying bribes to former Taoyuan County Vice Magistrate Yeh Shih-wen.
The tycoon was sentenced to four years and six months and Yeh to 19 years in prison by the Taipei District Court last March, but the sentences have been appealed. Yeh served as head of the CPA before moving to the Taoyuan County Government.
Yeh, who is still being detained in the case, was reportedly also being questioned about Hung’s involvement Friday.