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China Corruption Blotter (April 12, 2013)

Tian Xueyou, former Party secretary of Hongxing village, collected a $16 “exorcism fee” from each Hongxing household, according to an allegation being probed by Shanyang County (Shaanxi Province) officials. Tian reportedly instituted the fee two years ago after three villagers died accidentally. A total of $3,217 was collected. The allegation came from a young villager who visited Hongxing during China’s spring festival. Tian resigned in March after the exposure. http://news.xinhuanet.com

Yu Guozhong, former deputy director of Quzhou (Zhejiang Province) Transportation Bureau, was given twelve and a half years for abuse of power and taking $123,097 in bribes. Between 2002 and 2008, Yu reportedly accepted bribes from a public transport company to help it avoid paying administrative fees totaling $749,130. http://news.xinhuanet.com

Luo Mensheng, former deputy Party secretary of Lianzhou city (Guangdong Province), has been sentenced to five years in prison for bribe-taking, with $16,087 in personal assets confiscated. Luo was charged with helping private companies obtain land-use rights and construction tenders in exchange for $217,190 in illicit payments. Luo received a lenient sentence for confessing his crime and turning over money to authorities. http://bo.nfdaily.cn

The director of Public Health Bureau of Hongshan District in Wuhan (Hubei Province), surnamed Ku, and several colleagues received a “serious Party warning” and an administrative penalty for illegal distribution of “bonuses.” During the 2013 spring festival, Ku handed out $15,933 to officials. In August 2012, the bureau spent more than $59,548 in public funds on a sightseeing trip to Tibet and Xinjiang province. http://news.xinhuanet.com

Chen Xuedu, former Party secretary and Director of Cuizhu Sub-District Office in Shenzhen (Guangdong Province), has been transferred to the procuratorate after being accused of of bribe-taking and nepotism. The probe into Chen’s case was triggered by allegations posted online in late 2012. Investigators say Chen illegally purchased public vehicles and appointed 11 relatives to posts in Dongxiao Sub-District Office while he was chief there.  http://news.xinhuanet.com

Wang Zongyuan, former director of the Administrative Committee of Suzhou (Anhui Province) Economic and Technological Development Zone, was handed 13 years for taking more than $643, 480 in bribes. In his previous post as director of Suzhou’s construction commission, Wang provided companies with illicit benefits tied to demolition, land usage, project bidding, and bank loans. Wang received leniency for handing over ill-gotten gains. http://news.xinhuanet.com

A loan officer in the Peasant Households Independence Service Centre of Ningdu County (Jiangxi Province), surnamed Zhang, got six years for misappropriating $165,593. From September 2010 to July 2012, Zhang created fake loans in order to enrich himself. Jointly established by China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation and Ningdu County Government Poverty-Alleviation Office, the Centre grants small-scale loans to local individuals who are unable to borrow from traditional banks. http://news.jcrb.com

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

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