MASS CONFESSION:Prosecutors said 225 of the doctors and researchers confessed to tax evasion, with NT$78.4m in illegal shelters and NT$260m in forged donations
Date: Mar 10, 2016
By: Sean Lin / Staff reporter
The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday announced that it has put 225
suspects — doctors and Academia Sinica researchers — who confessed to tax evasion on parole, while it would proceed with charges against 27 others.
Prosecutors first found that the 89-year-old Academia Sinica research fellow and former National Defense Medical Center director Tsai Tso-yung (蔡作雍) and deceased suspect Lee Hung (李鴻) had helped more than 250 doctors shelter up to NT$78.4 million (US$2.36 million at current exchange rates) in what was branded the biggest tax evasion case in the nation’s history five years ago.
Investigation results showed that the suspects forged monetary donations totaling NT$260 million to the Springsoft Education Foundation, founded by Tsai, and the Cheng Han Education Foundation, founded by Lee, in response to requests for research funds.
The suspects made the donations while requesting for research funds equivalent to the amount they pretended to have donated, results showed. [FULL STORY]