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China Corruption Blotter (March 14, 2013)

Chinese media reported an executive at a public enterprise in Jinhua district (Zhejiang Province) ordered nine employees to do homework assignments for his 12-year-old daughter, including painting, photography, video editing, and essay writing. “We do not encourage this sort of thing,” the girl’s teacher said. “We will have a thorough talk with the parents.”

Yan Shaohui, a senior executive responsible for IT systems at the Shanghai Futures Exchange, is being investigated on charges of taking nearly $32,175 in bribes. It is reported that suppliers of software and hardware to Shanghai Futures Exchange constitute a major bribing group.

A court rejected the appeal of Zhou Chengbao, formerly Director of Executive Office of Assistance and Protection of Tax in Leiyang (Hunan Province) Transportation Bureau, against his corruption conviction. Prosecutors said Zhou took bribes totaling $4,826 from owners of trucks and buses. Zhou also reportedly embezzled $4,021 in tax collections.

An online whistleblower accused the head of Shenzhen Yantian District Administration of Work Safety, surnamed Jiang, of several misdeeds including squandering public funds and hiding work safety incidents. Disciplinary authorities have launched a probe into Jiang’s case. Jiang denied all accusations, pledging to cooperate with the investigation and submit a “self-critical letter” to the authorities.

Customs officers in Dongguan (Guangdong Province) are under investigation for allegedly taking bribes of $66,000 and owning unexplained assets worth $100,000. One of the defendants, surnamed Wu, is the former deputy section chief of Dongguan Customs Anti-Smuggling Bureau. Wu is suspected of accepting bribes from two companies to cover up smuggling crimes.

Luo, owner of a fish pond in Maoming district (Guangdong Province), was sentenced to three years for paying bribes totaling $154,440. The bribes reportedly date back to 2007, when local government planned to buy Luo’s land for a construction project. Luo’s scheme, according to prosecutors, was to pay local officials to help him claim greater compensation from the government.

Lu Zhiran, vice director of the Standing Committee of People’s Congress in Gaoming district (Guangdong Province), was accused online of owning a six-story luxury apartment that covers four acres and additional assets worth as much as $32 million. He also allegedly runs a cleaning company, an investment company, and a bitumen plant. Lu said most of his assets came from business conducted before he became a public official. This is the third complaint about Lu filed with local authorities. Previous probes found no evidence of wrongdoing.


Hui Zhi is a Senior China Analyst with ethiXbase and the China Compliance Digest.

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