Hospital officials probed over alleged corruption

AWARDING CONTRACTS: Prosecutors said that five suspects produced falsified documents and bogus receipts to claim extra medication and other expenses

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 10, 2019
By: Jason Pan and Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporters

Prosecutors have launched an investigation into two Taipei City Hospital executives

Taipei Shilin District Prosecutors’ Office agents yesterday escort Chen Li-chi, right, head of Taipei City Hospital’s Department of Pharmacy, and Chen Yi-ching, center, head of the Department’s Inventory Control Section.
Photo: Chen En-hui, Taipei Times

over allegations of siphoning off about NT$3 million (US$97,399) of public funds while procuring medicine.

The hospital is administered by the Taipei City Government.

The Taipei Shilin District Prosecutors’ Office and the Ministry of Justice’s Agency Against Corruption on Tuesday raided the hospital’s offices and several other locations, and brought in 15 people for questioning.

Prosecutors have named five suspects, including Chen Li-chi (陳立奇), head of the hospital’s department of pharmacy; a woman also surnamed Chen (陳), who is head of the department’s inventory control section; and a person surnamed Lee (李), who works at the Taiwan Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Prosecutors yesterday asked a court to detain Chen Li-chi, while the woman surnamed Chen was released on NT$200,000 bail and Lee on NT$50,000 bail.

Prosecutors said that the two Chens as society members from 2015 to 2016 helped the society secure three tender contracts from the Taipei Department of Health to provide long-term care to senior citizens, which included procuring medication and delivering to home-care patients.    [FULL  STORY]

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