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China Corruption Blotter (May 24, 2013)

Chen Hui, a former Haikou (Hainan Province) tax officer, was sentenced to 11 years in prison for taking $212,678 in bribes. Prosecutors said Chen solicited $194,904 from developer Hainan Zhuzong Real Estate Co. Ltd., with the excuse that tax calculations for one of the company’s projects were difficult and required extra fees.

In separate cases, Hu Liangbing and Chen Yi, former managers of local PetroChina sales offices in Jiangxi Province, were sentenced to 7 and a half years and 6 and a half years respectively for corruption. Hu was charged with accepting $536,250 in bribes from at least four Ji’an PetroChina gas stations to assist them in negotiation and receiving payments. Chen was charged with taking $297,140 from several Fuzhou investors, including Jiangxi Global Petrochemical Limited, in exchange for similar advantages.

Anqing (Anhui Province) municipal government removed 22-year-old Chang Junsheng from his position as deputy secretary of Wangjiang County Communist Youth League, after an internet whistleblower claimed Chang had faked his credentials for the job with the help of his father, head of Wangjiang County Organization Office.

Xie Qiang, former police chief of Yaodu district (Linfen city, Shanxi Province) was sentenced to ten years for taking $373,060 in bribes from restaurants and gardening companies.

Ou Hong, former deputy Party secretary of state-owned China National Gold Group Corporation Construction Co. Ltd, was sentenced to seven years for embezzling $64,956 in public funds during his time as president of Changchun (Jilin Province) Gold Research Institute. The institute’s vice president and three managers were also jailed. 

Wen Qiupeng, a former officer in the Dadun branch of the Zengcheng (Guangdong) Public Security Bureau, was sentenced to six years for accepting $16,234 in bribes. He was accused of giving protection to a local gambling house and a drug user.

Gu Baimin, former head of Road Maintenance Centre of Beilun Road Management Department in Ningbo (Zhejiang Province), was sentenced to 7.5 years for taking $12,990 in bribes from contractors in road maintenance and construction. In 2006, Gu was sentenced to 18 months for accepting bribes from Beilun Transportation Engineering Co. Ltd., but was reinstated in the same position after being released.

Yang Zhaoyin, former accountant of Zhuhong village (Zhejiang), was handed 12 and a half years in prison for embezzling a total of $81,767 meant for villagers’ land compensation.


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

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