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China Corruption Blotter (September 27, 2013)

Wen Qingliang, former head of Kunming Railway Bureau in Yunnan province has been charged by prosecutors for taking $3.3 million in bribes together with his mistress, surnamed Zhong. Wen allegedly helped Shanxi’s coal mine owners deliver coal using the railway system in return for bribes. Prosecutors have named several bribe givers, including Quwo Minguang Coking Co., Ltd and Shanxi Guangda Coking Air Source Co., Ltd.

Yi Jiashun, former associate counsel at the Guangzhou Civil Affairs Bureau in Guangdong, has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for taking and paying bribes. Yi was convicted of taking bribes to help a local food company obtain food supply contracts with government organizations. Yi had also offered $130,744 in bribes to then director of Guangzhou Civil Affairs Bureau, Li Zhizhen in order to gain a promotion.

Liang Wenyong, the party secretary of Gushanzi Township in Hebei Province, has been dismissed from his office following the release of a video of him insulting citizens while having a lavish dinner in a local restaurant. A disciplinary probe revealed that Liang was invited to the banquet by a local tax official Zhang Taiming, who was also sacked by authorities.

He Tao, a former procurement manager of state-owned Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Center in Guangdong province, was given a 5-year jail term for accepting $65,340 in bribes. As head of hotel procurement, He took bribes from several suppliers in exchange for procurement contracts. Bribe givers named in the indictment include Guangzhou Huimeilin Ceramics Hotel Facilities Co., Ltd and Guangzhou Hongbang Textile Supplies Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

Gao Shaopeng, the retired deputy secretary of Political and Legal Affairs Committee of the Communist Party in Dongguan city, stood trial for taking $700,842 in bribes from Xu Runbao. Xu, the chairman of Dongguan Jietong Paper Products Co., Ltd allegedly bribed Gao to monopolize local waste paper reclamation contracts and cover up the financial crimes of his younger brother. Xu is being tried alongside Gao.

Liang Renzhong, former division chief of Guangzhou Baiyun Mountain Scenery Administration Bureau, was sentenced to 6 years in prison for accepting and paying bribes. Liang allegedly took $35,613 in bribes from several gardening and engineering companies in return for awarding construction contracts. Liang also paid his superior $20,584 in bribes in exchange for a promotion. Guangzhou Forestry Science Research Institute Co., Ltd and Guangzhou Huajing Garden Construction Co., Ltd are among the identified bribe givers.


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

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