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China Corruption Blotter (October 30, 2013)

Zhou Binwen, the former party secretary of Midong District in Urumqi City, was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to accepting gifts and bribes worth $965,780 from at least nine private enterprises. Zhou sought benefits from Xinjiang Hongtai Construction Engineering Group Co., Ltd, Xinjiang Wanzi Qianhong Construction, Installation Group Co., Ltd and seven other companies in exchange for bribes.

Li Xinmin, head of the Complaints Centre under the Beijing Municipal Administration of Quality and Technology Supervision, received ten and a half years in prison for taking $233,667 in bribes. Li allegedly purchased houses from Beijing Liulihe Cement Co., Ltd and BBMG Cement Trading Co., Ltd at below-market prices, and solicited bribes from Dongfang Wanshida Food Company in exchange for favors in law enforcement and license issuance.

Deputy Mayor of Lu’an City in Anhui province, Quan Junliang, has been has been placed under investigation by central discipline authorities for suspected connections with detained deputy governor of Anhui province, Ni Fake. Quan was accused alongside Ni of colluding with Dachang Mineral Group and helping the company secure mining permits and huge amounts of government funds during his term as the party chief of Huoqiu County.

Bei Yujie, former director of Central National Song and Dance Troupe, has had his prison sentence reduced from 15 years to 10.5 years. He was originally sentenced last year after being found guilty of embezzling 90,000 yuan ($14,707) in performers’ payments and accepting 310,000 Yuan ($50,657) in bribes from Zhejiang Dafeng Industry Co., Ltd to award the company a construction project. Bei has denied all the changes will consider appealing again.

Li Guang, the former head of Gaozhou City’s Housing and Urban-Rural Construction Bureau is on trial for taking $65,365 in bribes from local real estate developer, Liang Huajian, in return for favoring him in project approval. Li pleaded not guilty to the charges, denying that he had abused power to facilitate approval for Liang’s project. He argued that Liang had offered him the money ad a gift of friendship.

Chen Shengtian, the head of state-owned Anhui Military Industry Group Holding Co’s General Office is on trial for embezzling public funds totaling $122,557. Chen is accused of colluding with company chairman, Zhang Youren, to use counterfeit invoices to siphon off company funds. He has admitted guilty but claims he was only aiding the principal offender, Zhang. Zhang has also been charged.


Hui Zhi is a Senior China Analyst with the China Compliance Digest

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