Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2012-07-06 02:47 PM
The Supreme Prosecutors Office Special Investigation Division has been searching for the NT$63 million (US$2.1 million) Lin demanded and received from businessman Chen Chi-hsiang two years ago in return for the continuation of a contract with China Steel Corporation affiliates.
According to media reports, Lin Friday still insisted he had acted alone and no other politicians or business people had been involved in his scheme. He was seen leaving the SID office in Taipei around 8 p.m. after more than ten hours of questioning. An attorney was unwilling to provide any explanations.
The total amount of cash in Taiwanese and United States currency found at homes, offices and bank safes held by the Lin family has already approached or exceeded the sum of the bribes, leading investigators to believe the former Cabinet official might have been involved in other corruption cases, media reported.
On Wednesday, Lin’s mother Shen Juo-lan appeared at the SID offices in Taipei with a suitcase stuffed with NT$18 million (US$602,000) in cash. Even though she told the money was part of the bribes, her story clashed with statements from Chen saying he had delivered his payments in US dollars.
Shen also told prosecutors that she had started burning the US dollars, but because she feared the smoke would attract her neighbors’ attention, she put some money in a plastic bag and dumped it into a pond behind the Lin home. She also reportedly flushed some of the money down the toilet because she was worried the investigators were about to raid the family home, reports said.
The SID impounded the oven where the money had been burned, hoping to find remains of the cash to determine how much might have been destroyed, according to media reports.
The prosecutors also found more than NT$10 million (US$335,000) in cash in bank safes held by Peng, according to media reports. They interviewed her over a period of more than ten hours Thursday and released her on bail of NT$1 million (US$33,500) in the evening after listing her as a defendant. She was the fourth person involved in the scandal to be named as a defendant, following Lin, Chen and Shen.
Lin’s mother and wife were accused of hiding income from corruption, hiding income from crimes committed by other suspects, and hiding evidence in a crime.
Media reports again speculated Friday that the former Cabinet official’s father, Lin Hsien-pao, might be next on the list of family members to face interrogation by the SID. The elder Lin is a powerful factional leader from the Kaohsiung area with a political career which spans more than 40 years, reports said.