TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Banciao District Prosecutors Office yesterday charged 24 individuals, including 9 police officers, for providing cover for underground casinos.
The officers indicted for sheltering a series of Texas Hold'em casinos in return for bribes serve for the Taipei Police Department at the Nangang, Zhongshan and Daan districts.
The prosecutor pressed for an especially harsh sentence of 20 years in prison for one of the officers, Wei Chun-ming, because he showed no remorse for his actions. Wei even tried to create the illusion of being framed when he realized that his phone calls were tapped, the prosecutor said.
Officer Hsu De-tao, who was chosen as a Taipei City model police officer in 2006, was also prosecuted and faces a 14-year jail term for sheltering a casino for a NT$10,000 (S$432) per month reward.
Prosecutors pressed for 11- to 15-year sentences for the other officers, except for two who pleaded guilty to their crimes.
The prosecutors suspended the charge against TV producer Leo Lee for introducing gamblers to the underground casinos but ordered him to donate NT$100,000 to charity.
-The China Post/Asia News Network