Newspaper article China Post

If Only the Army Could Be as Competent as This Ring That Rigged Its Contracts for Armored Vehicle Parts

Newspaper article China Post

If Only the Army Could Be as Competent as This Ring That Rigged Its Contracts for Armored Vehicle Parts

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TAIPEI, Taiwan - Authorities on Monday closed the net on a ring of Army officers and suppliers who allegedly wet their beaks at every step in the procurement of parts for armored vehicles.

Prosecutors in New Taipei said the officers from the Armed Forces Reserve Command colluded with 18 parts manufacturers, among them suppliers for big-name brands including Humvee and Medium Tactical Vehicles, as well as with local gang members.

The suspects, 20 of whom were questioned Monday, are believed to have been involved in up to 100 bids worth NT$60 million, prosecutors said.

They allegedly bribed the officer handling armored vehicle part procurement in exchange for information on the Army's pre-selected asking price. The officer cash equivalent to 1 percent of that price, according to prosecutors.

The suspects allegedly met at a KFC in New Taipei's Luzhou District to determine which of them would win each. …

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