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China Corruption Blotter (April 26, 2013)

A government official surnamed Guo recently died after drinking to excess at a banquet held in his honor in the Hechuan district of Chongqing, according to online allegations. Jiang Yonghua, Party secretary of Heyangcheng subdistrict, was removed from his post amid a district-level probe into the matter.

Ling Jimin, former deputy division director of Retirement Insurance Department Benefits Division under the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, was sentenced to ten years for accepting $101,575 in bribes. Tasked with allocating special retirement insurance funds among state farming enterprises, Ling reportedly provided illicit advantages to Fuyu Overseas Chinese Farm in Jilin Province.

Peng Zaikui, former deputy secretary-general of Changsha (Hunan Province) People’s Government, was sentenced to ten years for taking $598,199 in bribes from real estate developers and contractors when he headed the Land and Resources Bureau of Furong district. Local media named Dongtundu Construction Engineering Co., Hunan Xin Jin Hong Estates Holdings Ltd., Changsha Qiantong Estate Co. Ltd. and at least nine other real estate companies as being among Peng’s accomplices.

Jin Weidong, former manager of the state-owned Jinping branch of Yunnan Natural Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd. was sentenced to 5.5 years for taking $73,996 in bribes. Jin reportedly granted several construction projects to a developer in exchange for bribes in 2001, when he was deputy head of Mahuangbao farm in Hekou County (Yunnan Province). Last December, former head of Nanxi farm (Yunnan Province) Wu Yanzhi was sentenced to 11 years for taking $192,759 in bribes.

Guo Qinghe, former mayor of Conghua city (Guangdong Province) and former director of Forestry and Landscape Bureau of Guangzhou, has been transferred to judicial organs on suspicion of taking bribes. Guangzhou disciplinary authorities said Guo accepted more than $322,460 in bribes from businesses and government officials to help them with forestry funds allocation, gardening project bidding, evaluation of companies’ qualifications, and personnel appointment.

Ouyang Yi, director of the Public Health Bureau in Heyuan city (Guangdong), was sacked after he was shown playing mahjong with medicine suppliers in an online video.

A staff member at a Ping An Bank credit card centre in Beijing, surnamed Yu, received a one-year prison sentence and a $323 fine for selling information about more than 600 customers to employees at other banks. Prosecutors said the defrauded customers’ credit cards were used for illegal cash withdrawals, resulting in $322,460 in losses for banks since 2010.


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

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