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China Corruption Blotter (October 18, 2012)

The Beijing Higher People’s Court last week rejected the appeal of Mentougou District vice mayor Yan Yongxi’s appeal against his life sentence for corruption and embezzlement. Yan was charged with accepting bribes and embezzling demolition compensation amounting to $6.7 million. He is alleged to have lent $4.8 million of his illicit money to Beijing Dingdu Garden & Greening Company, a firm managed by his mistress Mao Xudong. Mao was given a reduced sentence of 20 years in light of her cooperation in exposing Yan’s wrongdoings.

Li Shenglong, a Huaning County (Yunnan Province) Human Resources and Social Security Bureau cadre, was sentenced to seven years in prison for improperly obtaining “retirement funds” from the bureau. Li was said to have edited the information of nine dead retired civil servants, forged new identities for them, and made use of the identities to collect pension funds amounting to $106,195.

Former Yima City (Henan Province) Land and Resources Bureau deputy director Wu Hongliu was recently sentenced to six years in prison for corruption and abuse of power. Prosecutors said Wu did not report an overlap of mining regions, resulting in an unnamed coal company suffering huge losses upon listing. Wu was also sentenced for accepting an unspecified amount in bribes.

A former Pujiang County (Zhejiang Province) Huangzhai Town National People’s Congress (NPC) Chairman identified only by his surname He, was sentenced to four years in jail for corruption. He was said to have accepted $15,878 in cash and shopping cards from various sources during his time as Huangzhai Town NPC member and vice mayor from September 2006 to January 2010.

Chinese media reported Yichun City (Jiangxi Province) Communist Party standing committee member Gong Xishui, who was also Yuanzhou District Party secretary, was detained for suspected “serious violation of regulations.” No further information was provided. 54-year-old Gong is a Jiangxi native and spent his entire 32-year political career in the province.

Hainan Ledong Li Autonomous County vice mayor Lin Shan was sentenced to six years in prison for corruption involving $79,520. The court ruled that Lin accepted $15,904 from property developers, and solicited bribes from Quecheng Estate Development Co. Ltd by hinting that his duty as vice county mayor (in charge of demolition) was “very difficult and tiring.”


Chua Guan Cheong is a senior journalist with the FCPA Blog membership area and the China Compliance Digest.

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