CNA with Red Brick Daily Staff
In May 2014, a live cat went through an X-ray machine in the luggage of a Taiwanese traveler to South Korea who was departing from the Taipei Taoyuan International Airport.
The cat was not detected in Taiwan but was later noticed by South Korean customs personnel. This obviously raised questions, as a live cat is kind of something X-ray screeners should notice.
In early July 2016, authorities said they had wrapped up their investigation and indicted a high-ranking official at the Aviation Police Bureau on corruption charges. The suspect was allegedly seduced by a Chinese woman and received kickbacks to purchase substandard X-ray analyzers from a Chinese company.
The indicted official, Sun Yi-ming, has been detained since May 2016.
The Aviation Police Bureau opened bids in 2011 and spent NT$44 million for 12 machines. For national security reasons, machines produced in China were banned from entering bids.
But Li Weilin, a female manager at Chinese security inspection device supplier Nuctech Company, reportedly seduced the married suspect Mr. Sun and used her wits and feminine charms to convince him to buy the machines from her company.
To get around the origin restrictions, Sun had a local manufacturer make the bid, then Nuctech sent the machines in kit form to Japan for assembly.
The finished units were then shipped to Taiwan in 2013 as “made in Japan.”
The substandard X-ray machines were reportedly installed at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei Songshan Airport and Kaohsiung International Airport.
Ms. Li and the married Mr. Sun had frequent sexual trysts, the Taipei Times reports, which blossomed into a full-on extramarital affair beginning in 2013.
Up until April 2016, Li and Sun went on vacation trips to Singapore, the UK and various Chinese cities, investigators say, adding that they discovered USB sticks containing sex tapes they made during their holidays.
Officials are describing the case as a classic “honey trap,” or the use of sex to entrap someone. The case is considered serious as it involved industrial espionage and national security.