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China Corruption Blotter (December 17, 2013)

Lei Ting, former assistant to the mayor of Maoming city, was sentenced to 16 years in prison for bribery and abuse of power. Lei was convicted of offering real estate to former Maoming mayor Luo Yinguo in exchange for a promotion. Lei also accepted $51,594 in bribes from Maonan Fortune Property Development Co Ltd to approve projects. He caused $19.5 million in damages for the state.

Li Zhirong, former chairman of state-owned Dongguan Fuel Industrial General Company and Dongguan Xin’ao Gas Co. Ltd (Guangdong province), stood trial for taking bribes worth over $2.1 million. Li awarded state energy projects to a shell company Li established with his subordinate, Wu Shizhong and a private investor. Li also sold natural gas to Dongguan Xiaoba Transport Co Ltd at below-market price in exchange for bribes.

Lu Xiangdong, former executive director and deputy manager of telecom giant China Mobile, was sentenced to life in prison for over $3.3 million in bribes. Lu’s wife, who remains unnamed, was given a three-year sentence with five-year reprieve for her role as an accomplice. An advertising company head, surnamed Sun, received a six-year sentence for his involvement in the case. Sun reportedly earned $3.3 million in illicit profits from advertising for China Mobile.

Zhang Chengxiang, head of China Coal Mine Art Troupe, was dismissed from office and put under disciplinary investigation for accepting bribes of nearly $2.4 million. Zhang, former director of Heilongjiang Coal Mine Safety Supervision, also reportedly amassed multiple properties in Heilongjiang, Liaoning, Hainan and Beijing.

The former deputy head of Hangzhou Housing Security and Management Bureau, Zhang Xin is on trial after being charged with accepting bribes worth $20.3 million from property developers. Zhang abused his power to grant government housing projects to an unqualified developer, causing financial losses for the state. Zhang also colluded with co-accused, Dong Yilin, to embezzle $1.7 million in public funds.

Zhang Jiajun, former party chief and chairman of state-run ShiHezi Tianzhu Construction (Group) Co. Ltd in Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region, received a seven-year jail term for accepting $90,718 in bribes. Zhang plead guilty and returned all his illicit money.


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

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