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China Corruption Blotter (February 22, 2013)

The Hefei Intermediate People’s Court recently rejected the appeal of former Chaohu City (Anhui Province) Civil Affairs Bureau Party group secretary, identified as He, against his ten and a half year prison sentence. He was found guilty of embezzling $15,962 from Zhonghan Town’s treasury during his time as town Party secretary, with the assistance of Sun, the Town finance department chief. http://www.bhxww.com

Gansu Province Agricultural Reclamation Social Insurance Office deputy head Liu Baolu was given a suspended death sentence for corruption involving $4.5 million. He reportedly diverted public funds into secret accounts, and embezzled huge amounts using fake receipts and telegraphic transfer statements. Liu’s corrupt path was made smooth when the office’s accountant quit, allowing Liu to take control of the office finances. http://news.163.com

Baoding City (Hebei Province) Land and Resources Bureau director Song Jianzhong was arrested in Vietnam after absconding with his mistress and $240,000 in ill-gotten gains. Song reportedly took bribes from developers during his tenure. He and his mistress have been handed over to the Dongxing City (Guangxi Autonomous Region) police. http://media.itxinwen.com

Dapu County (Meizhou City, Guangdong Province) Chayang Town Yankeng Village Party branch secretary Zeng Junchang was expelled from the Party for allegedly withholding $54,300 in demolition compensation funds owed to villagers. Disciplinary officials have asked the local government to remove Zeng from his position. Media reports made no mention of legal proceedings against Zeng. http://www.jizhe.cc

Zhou Weisi, vice director of Nanlian neighborhood (Shenzhen’s Longgang District) who last November was exposed to own more than 80 properties and more than 20 luxury cars, was reportedly arrested on Feb. 8. According to Shenzhen procuratorates, Zhou was arrested for giving and taking bribes tied to the redevelopment of an old town area. He reportedly took more than $1.6 million from a property developer. http://news.sina.com.cn

Puyang City (Henan Province) National Tax Bureau Disciplinary department chief Li Ping’an was placed under extralegal detention and removed from his post. According to allegations posted online last month, Li owns several properties, took bribes from individuals, and kept two mistresses. Li denied the allegations, calling them “rumor-mongering.” http://news.sina.com.cn

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

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