Taiwan judge indicted in graft scandal
TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan prosecutors on Monday indicted a judge on charges of graft and sought to confiscate over US$1.5 million (S$1.89 million) dollars worth of alleged illicit assets owned by him, in the latest scandal to hit the island's judiciary.
Hu Chin-pin, a senior judge at the central Taichung High Court, was charged with accepting bribes, according to a statement by the special prosecutors office at the conclusion of a three-year investigation.
Five other people were also charged on bribery, money laundering and fraud allegations, the office said. Among them was Hu's girlfriend surnamed Huang, according to the statement.
The prosecutors found that Hu had seen his unidentified source assets surge by Tw$46.47 million (S$1.96 million) since 2010, largely stashed in the bank accounts of his family members and for credit card expenses, as well as to buy a luxury sedan.