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China Corruption Blotter (November 22, 2013)

Guo Chao, the former deputy head of the Standing Committee of People’s Congress in Hefei city (Anhui province), was sentenced to life in prison for bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power. Guo was convicted of taking bribes totaling $963,843 to help construction contractors secure land deals and reduce taxes. Guo also embezzled $1.1 million of public funds and abused his power to cause loss of state assets worth $326,048.

Former deputy secretary-general of Beihai municipal government in Guangxi province, Meng Rongzhan, has been sentenced to 11 years in prison and fined $8,205 for bribery and bid-rigging. Meng colluded with several government officials and with Guangxi Jainjing Construction Engineering Supervision Co., Ltd to manipulate the bidding for construction projects. In return, Meng took $82,058 in bribes from contractors.

Zhou Guozhong, deputy director of Cili County’s party committee office has been suspended from his post for hosting an extravagant banquet to celebrate his son’s birth. He accepted gifts and money from guests, which included government officials. Zhou’s actions violated party discipline which explicitly forbids party members from collecting money at such events.

Zhou Xing, head of the Road Management Section under the Traffic Bureau of Mianyang city, has been placed under investigation along with nine others for alleged power abuse, dereliction of duty and bribery linked to the collapse of the Panjiang Bridge on July 9. Procurators uncovered multiple problems with the project, such as illegal subcontracting, unlicensed operations, slack supervision and improper inspection.

Liao Shaohua, the party secretary of Zunyi city in Guizhou Province, is being investigated for violating party discipline and laws. Details of Liao’s wrongdoing have not been announced. Some local officials have linked Liao to Hong Jinzhou, the Kaili city mayor who was placed under investigation for corruption in May. Inspection teams dispatched by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection may also have uncovered Liao’s misconduct, leading to his detention.

Beijing Borui Julong Computer Technology Co., Ltd has been fined $131,261 for offering $60,216 in bribes to Sui Yagang, the former deputy director of Beijing Traffic Management Bureau to secure government IT projects. The company’s former legal representative, only identified as Shen, was convicted of bribery but exempted from any criminal penalty. Sui and his wife were handed jail terms of 14 and 6 years respectively in June.


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

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