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China Corruption Blotter (August 24, 2012)

After being fined by law enforcement officer Yang Dong for illegally driving a “motor-cab,” Chen Bing worked hard to pass the test to become a law enforcement officer with Xiushan County (Chongqing) Planning Bureau, and got even with Yang by collecting a “fee” from him for residence structure non-compliance. Chen was sentenced to 12 years in prison for corruption and abuse of power. http://life.gmw.cn/2012-08/17/content_4816808.htm

A man was arrested in Maoming City (Guangdong Province) for swindling $470,610 by posing as a Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) publication official. According to Chinese reports, Yang Boyu fooled officials from throughout the province into bribing him to place their writings in various SPP publications. http://news.qq.com/a/20120815/001090.htm

Guangdong Province Price Bureau accountant Zhong Chuanhua was given a life sentence for embezzling and defrauding more than $1.57 million of his bureau’s money by using fake receipts and fake bureau stamps to transfer funds to his own company. According to Guangzhou People’s Procuratorate, Zhong’s net worth has ballooned to more than $3.14 million due to his exploits in the stock market. http://finance.ifeng.com/stock/tzgs/20120816/6921800.shtml

Li Jibiao was arrested last October after seven years on the run in a $2 million corruption case in Baoji City (Shaanxi Province). But he recently broke out of Baoji City Second Detention Center after being locked up for only ten months. Li was charged in 2004 for defrauding Baoji Cigarettes Factory by using fake stamps to pose as staff of major tobacco companies in order to sell tobacco leaves to the factory. http://news.163.com/12/0809/12/88FEGQ1E00011229.html

Six officials from Sanshui District’s Lubao Town (Foshan City, Guangdong Province) were charged in a $1.1 million corruption case. According to Chinese media reports, the corruption involved land acquisition and relocation compensation, and defrauding public funds in the name of attracting business investments to the town. http://www.jhxww.net/vsystem/news/content/23802.html

Lijiang City (Yunnan Province) Gucheng District Landscaping Bureau director Zhao Guiqiang was recently labeled the “God of Gambling” by Chinese netizens after claiming to have “won” $47,061 at the gambling table as part of his defence in a corruption trial. Zhao was sentenced to 13 years in prison after being judged to have taken bribes of $86,279. The origin of $250,992 of Zhao’s assets remains unexplained. http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/dfpd/yn/2012-08/17/content_15683989.htm

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Chua Guan Cheong is a senior journalist with ethiXbase.com. He can be contacted here.

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