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China Corruption Blotter (November 8, 2012)

Yu Xinlong, former director of Wuhan City (Hubei Province) Sixin Ecological Development Management Committee Land Bureau, was charged with embezzling $694,521 of demolition compensation. According to reports, Yu collaborated with a man identified as Jiang to fabricate the existence of factory structures on a piece of wasteland slated for redevelopment by state-owned Wuhan Drainage Company.

Xinjiang Shenhua Mining Co. Ltd. chairman Liu Bokun has been charged with  corruption and misappropriating public funds amounting to more than $5.6 million. So far, the authorities have confiscated more than $1.6 million of cash and two luxurious mansions from Liu.

During her time as legal representative (owner) of Zhongsheng Environmental Protection Technology Company, Ministry of Environmental Protection official Liu Yige allegedly redirected $90,000 to her father’s account for investment in financial securities, and authorized a loan of $320,000 to a company based in Shenzhen and pocketed the interest. Liu’s lawyer is seeking leniency for her based on her exposure of others’ corruption during investigation.

Wang Wenhua, an official at Wuhan (Hubei Province) Administration for Industry and Commerce (AIC), and Wang Huaping, a project manager at a construction company, allegedly bribed former Wuhan AIC deputy director Xiong Jun (sentenced in August to 8.5 years). The duo sought to have Xiong stamp fake documents so they could win approval from the Wuhan National Development and Reform Commission for a commerce development project.

Yongzhou City (Hunan Province) Commission for Discipline Inspection announced that following investigations, Tang Xiaojun, former head of Yongzhou External Publicity Office, was arrested for corruption and is now awaiting judiciary proceedings against her. The announcement mentioned no specific charges.

Two traffic police team captains from the Guangzhou (Guangdong Province) Municipal Traffic Police Department were charged with 53 counts of corruption. Prosecutors said between them they accepted a total of $1.13 million of illicit money. In exchange for bribes, the duo reportedly allowed car testing companies to use an old system for testing the road-readiness of vehicles. According to the companies, the new system requires a longer testing period and stricter criteria.


Chua Guan Cheong is a senior journalist with the FCPA Blog members area.

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