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China Corruption Blotter (February 15, 2013)

Former Jiangxi Province deputy secretary-general Wu Zhiming was recently sentenced to death with two years reprieve, stripped of all political rights, and had all assets confiscated for corruption involving $7.6 million. Prosecutors charged that Wu took bribes on 41 occasions in exchange for awarding development contracts, personnel appointments, and promotions, as well as acting as middleman to solicit benefits from other government departments.

A director of an unnamed bureau in Shangyu City (Zhejiang Province), identified only as Xuan, was placed under extralegal detention for violating Party rules on economic and moral grounds. Xuan’s case was exposed when he paid almost $16,000 to a blackmailer who sent him a faked sex photo. Following investigations, Shangyu Commission for Discipline Inspection determined that apart from economic corruption, Xuan had improper relations with numerous women, the majority of them teachers.

Former Beijing Sci-Tech Information Center chief and state-owned 863 Technology Incubator Company chairman Hu Qinghua was sentenced to ten years for taking bribes totaling more than $32,000 in cash and shopping cards. Hu was charged with awarding IT products purchasing contracts to bribers, taking money from staff to exempt them from pay reductions, and acting as middleman in other companies’ corrupt deals.

Shaanxi Provincial Agricultural Machinery Bureau director Hu Xixian was charged by Xi’an City procuratorates for taking $231,000 in bribes. From 2008 to 2012, Hu reportedly helped steer or increase subsidies to bribe-giving companies. He reportedly had turned over his bribe money to the authorities.

Guangdong Humen Town Transportation Bureau branch director Huang Ping was handed 18 years, fined $3,200, and had $112,000 in assets confiscated for corruption and rape. Huang was charged with corruption involving $567,000, and one count of rape. Eight of Huang’s former subordinates were given prison sentences from three to seven years. Huang has appealed against the ruling.

All 42 driving examiners from Zhanjiang City (Guangdong Province) Vehicle Management Center have been placed under investigation for soliciting bribes from trainees seeking driver’s licenses, and three are on the run. The remaining 39 examiners reportedly turned over more than $3.36 million in bribes to the authorities. The examiners also reportedly paid more than $223,790 to Center head Liang Zhixiong, who was responsible for assigning trainees to examiners.


Chua Guan Cheong is a senior journalist with ethiXbase and the China Compliance Digest.

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