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China graft joins the mile high club

Image courtesy of WikipediaAnother high-flying China official has been indicted for taking bribes.

Tian Xueren, the former deputy governor of Jilin Province, is accused of taking about $3 million on 85 occasions between 1995 and 2011.

Prosecutors said Tian sometimes took bribes in public — including at a car park, outside a supermarket and ‘during a flight from Dubai to Egypt, when he accepted $20,000 from the owner of a halal meat company.’

The Beijing municipal prosecutors office confirmed the charges.

Tian, 66, was deputy governor of Jilin from 2004 to 2008 and later party secretary for the northeastern province, Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post said.

Tian was booted from the Communist Party for graft in July last year.

His investigation started in November 2011.

Jilin Province, with a population of about 30 million, borders on North Korea and Russia to the east. It has deposits of shale oil and other minerals and is a big food producer.

Tian is accused of ‘using his position to fast-track the promotions of civil servants, police and other officials in return for kickbacks . . . Five of 10 cases involved businessmen, and the others involved civil servants who were promoted after bribing Tian,’ the South China Morning Post said.

He collected bribes on festive dates, such as the Lunar New Year, 57 times, prosecutors said.

Tian, a vice-ministerial level official, was indicted in Beijing because it is far from his power base in Jilin, the South China Morning Post said.

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Richard L. Cassin is the Publisher and Editor of the FCPA Blog. He can be contacted here.

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